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Common Whitetail Dragonfly

The Common Whitetail dragonfly (Libellula lydia) is just that – very common at this time of year. Its name also refers to the male’s white abdomen (lacking in the female), which he displays to other males as a territorial threat. Female dragonflies choose mates based on the quality of the males’ habitat for laying eggs. The male who inhabits a prime egg-laying area, or territory, on a pond or marsh stands the best chance of being chosen by a female; thus, it behooves him to drive off other males.

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