Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nothing Ugly about Common

Taxi down the runway
 Ready for Take Off
The Common Whitetail is one of our most frequently seen dragonflies. It grows to about 1 3/4 inches long and has a stocky body. Males have a chalky white abdomen which makes them easy to identify. Males also have a broad, dark brown band in the center of each wing. 
Common Whitetails live just about anywhere there is water, including lakes, ponds, marshes, rivers, and streams. They occur in very large numbers at beaver ponds.
Common Whitetails are perchers, meaning they often rest on logs, rocks, low plant stems, or even on the ground. Males are very territorial, guarding an edge of water 50 to 100 feet long. They are constantly active, perching only a short time before continuing to patrol their turf.
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  1. Hello Gayle, no they do not look common at all. Very pretty captures of the Common Whitetail. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  2. Great photos!
    I've seen them here and they don't stay still for long!

  3. What a wonderful shots of the Common Whitetail. Have a lovely weekend.

  4. Wow, very cool like bat wings!

  5. Beautiful macro shots and love the textured background for the dragonfly!

    Happy Weekend,
    artmusedog and carol

  6. This little dragonfly is so cool. We live next to a seasonal creek and I thought we'd have more dragonflies but that is not the case. Great photos here! Have a great day.

  7. They're really good looking dragonflys.

  8. Wow - I've never seen one like that before. Looks like it could do semaphore with those wings - amazing..

  9. Lovely pics!

    I was trying to get some last week, but the dragonflies wouldn't hold still/let me get close enough. Finally I found one who must have just come out of his nymph shell, he couldn't fly very much. I think one or two of those came out...

  10. Those wings are interesting.


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