Common Name: "Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly"
Scientific Name: Libellula lydia
TAXONOMIC BREAKDOWN: 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.
Abdomen: Has a noticeably large / oversized abdomen.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Six-Legged: Six legs are common to this insect.
Waterborne: Is commonnly found near water or water sources.
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.
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
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.
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.
2.36 inches (60 mm)
2.95 inches (75 mm)
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.
The Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
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