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Crocothémis écarlate (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

Crocothémis écarlate (Crocothemis erythraea)

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
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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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr032 25/08/2011 09:12 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr033 10/08/2011 16:04 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr034 09/09/2011 16:15 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr035 15/09/2010 13:16 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr036 11/08/2011 10:57 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr121 07/08/2006 10:49 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr122 19/05/2011 14:00 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr123 16/06/2009 11:02 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr163 24/06/2011 11:16 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr164 10/08/2011 16:13 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr191 13/09/2011 12:39 Italy F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr195 29/05/2007 17:05 Italy F5.6 1/1250 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr200 10/08/2008 12:35 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr213 21/09/2010 11:32 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr214 01/09/2016 10:39 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr217 12/09/2016 11:41 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr252 17/06/2017 15:00 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr282 09/08/2011 14:48 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr306 14/09/2017 21:34 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr321 27/08/2011 11:42 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF