Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Plathemis subornata [formerly Libellula subornata]
The Desert Whitetail male resembles the Common Whitetail male, with its black band across each wing and the chalky white abdomen. It also has chalky white on the base of each wing. Females have three dark spots in each wing. Their abdomens are brown with broken yellow side stripes, and they have a pair of yellow thoracic stripes. Young males are marked like females.
Size: 40-51 mm (1.6-2.0 in)
Habitat: springs, pools and ponds
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, WY
Flight season: early July to late July
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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