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Tennessee | United States


Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly (Dragonfly)


Libellula lydia



Entry Last Edited: 01/02/2023 | Content ©www.BugsOfTennessee.com

Insect Order



Taxonomy

The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Libellula lydia.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Libellula
Species: lydia


Characteristics

Abdomen insect icon
Abdomen: Has a noticeably large / oversized abdomen.
Outdoor insect icon
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Six-Legged insect icon
Six-Legged: Six legs are common to this insect.
Warterborne insect icon
Waterborne: Is commonnly found near water or water sources.
Winged insect icon
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.


Description

The Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:

brown    grey    gray    blue    eyes    abdomen    winged    wings    transparent    agile    flying    summertime    outdoors    water    six-legged


Sighting Guide

The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.

41F
JAN
44F
FEB
53F
MAR
62F
APR
70F
MAY
78F
JUN
80F
JUL
79F
AUG
73F
SEP
62F
OCT
52F
NOV
44F
DEC

Size

Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.

Lowest-Low:
2.36 inches
(60 mm)
Highest-High:
2.95 inches
(75 mm)


Identifying Colors

Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.

BROWN
GRAY


Tennessee County Reach

The Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly can be found in the following Tennessee counties:

Anderson; Bedford; Benton; Bledsoe; Blount; Bradley; Campbell; Cannon; Carroll; Carter; Cheatham; Chester; Claiborne; Clay; Cocke; Coffee; Crockett; Cumberland; Davidson; De Kalb; Decatur; Dickson; Dyer; Fayette; Fentress; Franklin; Gibson; Giles; Grainger; Greene; Grundy; Hamblen; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardeman; Hardin; Hawkins; Haywood; Henderson; Henry; Hickman; Houston; Humphreys; Jackson; Jefferson; Johnson; Knox; Lake; Lauderdale; Lawrence; Lewis; Lincoln; Loudon; Macon; Madison; Marion; Marshall; Maury; McMinn; McNairy; Meigs; Monroe; Montgomery; Moore; Morgan; Obion; Overton; Perry; Pickett; Polk; Putnam; Rhea; Roane; Robertson; Rutherford; Scott; Sequatchie; Sevier; Shelby; Smith; Stewart; Sullivan; Sumner; Tipton; Trousdale; Unicoi; Union; Van Buren; Warren; Washington; Wayne; Weakley; White; Williamson; Wilson


Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly Picture (1)

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Image of an adult Common Whitetail Skimmer dragonfly at rest showing detail.; Credit: Elizabeth and Desmond L. of Ontario.
This image is original to www.InsectIdentification.org; Used with Permission.

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