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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)

• English name: Broad Scarlet
• German name: Feuerlibelle
• French name: Crocothémis écarlate
• Dutch name: Vuurlibel
• Swedish name: Karmintrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: Flammelibel
• Italian name: Frecciarossa
• Czech name: vážka červená
• Slovenian name: Opoldanski škrlatec
• Bulgarian name: Голямо червениче

Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Crocothemis erythraea

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


General • a mediums-sized species which is very common in the south and which has been extending its range northwards
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)
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
  • mating takes place in flight and lasts for about 10 seconds
  • immature males are coloured like females
  • much larger than the similarly all-red Trithemis kirbyi
Habitat • ponds, lakes, rice fields, etc.
Dimensions • typical body length: 36-45 mm; hindwing: 23-33 mm
Both sexesWings➤ the forewing and especially the hindwing bear a large orange patch at the base
MaleThorax• the thorax is completely red
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is red with, at most, a few small black spots (e.g. on S8 and S9)
  • the abdomen is broad and flattened in shape
FemaleThorax➤ the thorax is yellow-brown with a pale antehumeral stripe and a pale stripe at the base of the wings
 Abdomen• the abdomen is brown-yellow with a thin black mid-dorsal line
  • the abdomen is somewhat broad and flattened in shape
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♀

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr032 25/08/2011 09:12 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr033 10/08/2011 16:04 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr034 09/09/2011 16:15 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr035 15/09/2010 13:16 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr036 11/08/2011 10:57 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♀

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr121 07/08/2006 10:49 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr122 05/06/2019 14:34 Turkey F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr123 16/06/2009 11:02 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr163 24/06/2011 11:16 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr164 10/08/2011 16:13 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ⚤

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr191 13/09/2011 12:39 Italy F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♀

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr195 29/05/2007 17:05 Italy F5.6 1/1250 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr200 10/08/2008 12:35 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr213 21/09/2010 11:32 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr214 01/09/2016 10:39 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr282 09/08/2011 14:48 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♀

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Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr321 27/08/2011 11:42 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF