An online resource based on the award-winning nature guide – maryholland505@gmail.com

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s