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Boyeria cretensis

• English name: Cretan Spectre
• German name: Kretische Geisterlibelle
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• Dutch name: Kretaschemerlibel
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Boyeria cretensis

Distribution map Boyeria cretensis

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


General ➤ a very large species which occurs only on the island of Crete; very similar to B. irene
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Boyeria cretensis Peters, 1991
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • males zigzag low over the water, meticulously checking every nook and cranny in the river bank for ovipositing females
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
  • because of their perfectly camouflaged colouration of brown, green and beige, animals at rest may be difficult to spot
  • when they do rest, they hang up on large, shady, vertical surfaces (e.g. tree trunks and rocks) which match their colouration, or on twigs and branches with overhanging leaves; in either case direct sunlight is carefully avoided
Habitat • streams and rivers with plants and trees whose roots are directly over the water
Dimensions • typical body length: 69-71 mm; hindwing: 44-47 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green
 Thorax➤ the colouration on the thorax is a mix of mottled browns and greens
 Abdomen➤ the colouration on the abdomen is a mix of mottled browns and greens
  • the abdomen is heavily waisted on S3
 Wings• mature animals may have dark patches on the wing tips
MaleAbdomen• S9 and S10 are unmarked green (in mature males) or beige-brown (in immature males)
FemaleAbdomen• the females we have photographed to date all had short appendages (form: brachycerca)
Photographs • all of our photos below were made on Crete in 2010 and 2015

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