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Caliaeschna microstigma

• English name: Eastern Spectre
• German name: Schattenlibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Schaduwlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Bledi vetrnjak
• Bulgarian name: Речен пъстролет

Caliaeschna microstigma

Distribution map Caliaeschna microstigma

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


General ➤ the smallest of our aeshnid species, which occurs only in South-Eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Caliaeschna microstigma (Schneider, 1845)
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
Habitat • streams and rivers with plants and trees whose roots are directly over the water
Dimensions • typical body length: 50-60 mm; hindwing: 35-41 mm
Both sexesHead• the top of the frons (white in mature males; yellow in females and immature males) bears a bold black bar
 Thorax• the side of the thorax is brown, with two large pale bands
 Wings➤ the pterostigma is dark and very short
MaleThorax➤ the top of the thorax is brown, with a light-blue, boomerang-shaped antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is black, with light-blue spots
FemaleThorax• the top of the thorax is brown, with a yellow antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is brown, with small yellow spots
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made on the Peloponnese in 2010 and 2015

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's wings in dorsal view.

Eastern Spectre (Caliaeschna microstigma)
Female wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1193 05/06/2009 12:00 Turkey F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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