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Leucorrhinia pectoralis

• English name: Yellow-Spotted Whiteface
• German name: Grosse Moosjungfer
• French name: Leucorrhine à gros thorax
• Dutch name: Gevlekte witsnuitlibel
• Swedish name: Citronfläckad kärrtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Stor torvlibelle
• Finnish name: Täplälampikorento
• Danish name: Stor kærguldsmed
• Italian name: Frontebianca maggiore
• Czech name: vážka jasnoskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Dristavični spreletavec
• Bulgarian name: Жълтопетнисто графитче

Leucorrhinia pectoralis

Distribution map Leucorrhinia pectoralis

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a medium-sized species of (Central and) North-Eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • libellulids are 'sitters': males spend a lot of time perched at the water's edge, waiting for females
  • a little bigger than L. rubicunda
Habitat • bogs, ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 32-39 mm; hindwing: 30-33 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the face is white
  • the eyes are brown
 Abdomen➤ the appendages are black
  ➤ S7 bears a very large (bright) yellow spot
 Wings• the (hind)wings bear a small dark patch at the base
MaleThorax• the thorax is red/brown with ditto antehumeral stripe and spots on the side (in immature males: yellow antehumeral stripe and spots)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black with very large red/brown spots on S1-S6 (in immature males: yellow spots)
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow/brown with ditto antehumeral stripe and spots on the side (in immature females: yellow antehumeral stripe and spots)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black with very large yellow/brown spots on S1-S6 (in immature females: yellow spots)
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen and the female's abdomen in dorsal view.

Leucorrhinia pectoralis; abdomen, male (top), female (bottom)
Note: even in adult females the spot on S7 is often brighter yellow than those on S1-S6.
Note also that in both sexes S8-S10 and the appendages are black.

Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
Female abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr847 17/06/2016 10:54 Sweden F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr870 21/06/2016 17:58 Sweden F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr871 15/05/2013 10:38 Netherlands F8 1/20 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr872 30/06/2008 16:23 Finland F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr873 30/06/2008 16:23 Finland F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr874 15/05/2013 12:04 Netherlands F8 1/45 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr875 30/06/2008 18:20 Finland F8 1/15 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr876 30/06/2008 18:22 Finland F8 1/30 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr877 21/06/2016 17:31 Sweden F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr878 15/05/2013 12:15 Netherlands F8 1/90 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr879 21/06/2016 17:35 Sweden F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr880 17/06/2016 10:58 Sweden F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr881 21/06/2016 16:38 Sweden F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr887 21/06/2016 16:38 Sweden F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr888 21/06/2016 18:25 Sweden F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr889 01/07/2008 18:12 Finland F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr929 22/06/2016 11:57 Sweden F10 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr930 22/06/2016 12:11 Sweden F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF