Saturday, September 11, 2021

Common Whitetail

Erika and I photographed this Common Whitetail on 10 September 2021 at the McLane Creek Nature Trail near Olympia. This dragonfly is common across much of North America, including lower elevations of Washington. This species flies from 15 April to 2 October in this region (Paulson, pers. com.) The Common Whitetail’s scientific name is Plathemis lydia. According to Paulson and Dunkle (2021), Plathemis refers to both the flattened abdomen and to Themis, the goddess of order. Lydia refers to an unknown woman, perhaps from Roman antiquity.

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