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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica)

• English name: Bog Hawker
• German name: Hochmoor-Mosaikjungfer
• French name: Aeschne subarctique
• Dutch name: Noordse glazenmaker
• Swedish name: Gungflymosaikslända
• Norwegian name: Torvmoseøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Suoukonkorento
• Danish name: Højmose-mosaikguldsmed
• Italian name: Dragone artico
• Czech name: šídlo rašelinné
• Slovenian name: Mahovna deva
• Bulgarian name: Торфен пъстролет

Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica)

Distribution map Aeshna subarctica

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


General • a very large species of Northern and North-Eastern Europe, which elsewhere occurs only at high altitudes
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • females oviposit on waterlogged, floating mats of peatmoss (Sphagnum sp.)
  • may be very difficult to tell apart from A. juncea, with which it often flies together, but its yellow and blue colours tend to be more muted
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • lakes and ponds in peat bogs and moors
Dimensions • typical body length: 70-76 mm; hindwing: 39-46 mm
Both sexesHead➤ unlike in the very similar A. juncea there is never a yellow spot immediately behind the eye
  ➤ unlike in the very similar A. juncea the line across the face widens at the base of the eye
 Thorax• the thorax is brown with two wide pale bands on the side
 Wings• the costa (i.e. the leading edge of the wing) is brown
MaleThorax• the narrow antehumeral stripe is pale (yellow or blue)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is dark brown with pale spots
FemaleThorax• the greatly reduced antehumeral stripe is yellow
 Abdomen• the abdomen is dark brown with pale yellow or blue spots
Photographs • our photographs below were made in Northern Italy, Finland and Germany

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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1249 25/08/2009 11:52 Germany F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1250 25/08/2009 11:53 Germany F5.6 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1251 30/08/2015 15:21 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO800 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1252 31/08/2015 13:36 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1253 24/07/2012 09:19 Finland F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1439 30/07/2018 15:18 Finland F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1440 16/07/2010 13:48 Finland F8 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1441 16/07/2010 13:48 Finland F8 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1442 31/08/2015 13:37 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1601 17/08/2011 13:39 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1602 17/08/2011 13:39 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1603 18/08/2011 10:40 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1604 23/07/2017 14:56 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1605 18/08/2011 11:08 Italy F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1606 18/08/2011 11:20 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1607 18/08/2011 12:40 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1608 18/08/2011 12:47 Italy F6.3 1/2000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1609 18/08/2011 12:50 Italy F6.3 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1610 18/08/2011 12:54 Italy F6.3 1/1250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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Mahovna deva (Aeshna subarctica) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1611 18/08/2011 14:14 Italy F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF