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Agrion de Vander Linden (Erythromma lindenii)

• English name: Blue-Eye
• German name: Saphirauge
• French name: Agrion de Vander Linden
• Dutch name: Kanaaljuffer
• Swedish name: Pokalflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: Blåøjet vandnymfe
• Italian name: Occhirossi dubbia
• Czech name: šidélko Lindenovo
• Slovenian name: Prodni paškratec
• Bulgarian name: Синьо стреличе

Agrion de Vander Linden (Erythromma lindenii)

Distribution map Erythromma lindenii

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


General • a small species with strikingly blue eyes which occurs mainly in Central and Southern Europe
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Scientific name Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • males tend to fly low and fast over open water and settle on emergent vegetation
  • used to be known as Cercion lindenii
Habitat • well-vegetated lakes, reservoirs and canals
Dimensions • typical body length: 30-36 mm; hindwing: 19-21 mm
Both sexesHead• the postocular spots are very narrow and may be absent altogether
 Thorax• the antehumeral stripe is very wide
  ➤ there is a long black line on the metapleural suture (cf. Enallagma cyathigerum )
 Wings• the pterostigma is uniformly pale
MaleHead• the eyes are bright blue
 Abdomen• the black marks on S3-S5 are elongated and spear-headed
  ➤ S8 is black, S9 and S10 are blue, and the upper appendages are very long and curved inwards
FemaleHead• the eyes are brown/green
 Abdomen➤ there is no vulvar spine underneath S8 (cf. Enallagma cyathigerum )
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Erythromma lindenii; thorax, male
Note: Such wide antehumeral stripes also occur in Enallagma cyathigerum but males of that species lack the black line on the metapleural suture.

Enallagma cyathigerum (left) and Erythromma lindenii (right); S8-S10 and appendages, male
In Enallagma cyathigerum S8 and S9 are blue, S10 is black and the appendages are short
In Erythromma lindenii S8 is black, S9 and S10 are blue and the appendages are long

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Agrion de Vander Linden (Erythromma lindenii) ♂

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