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Ischnura intermedia

• English name: Persian Bluetail
• German name: Persische Pechlibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Perzisch lantaarntje
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Ischnura intermedia

Distribution map Ischnura intermedia

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


General ➤ a very small species, similar to I. pumilio, which in Europe occurs only on Cyprus
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Scientific name Ischnura intermedia Dumont, 1974
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • on Cyprus the species is not known to co-occur with I. pumilio
Habitat • small, slow-flowing permanent streams and canals
Dimensions • typical body length: 26-31 mm; hindwing: 14-18 mm
MaleThorax• the lower side of the thorax and the antehumeral stripe are green or blue
 AbdomenS8 and S9 are completely (or at least predominantly) sky blue
 Wings• the pterostigma in the forewing is considerably larger than that in the hindwing and it is bicoloured: black on the inside, white on the outside; the pterostigma in the hindwing is uniformly beige/brown
FemaleThorax• in immature females the side of the thorax is bright orange (a colour form known as aurantiaca); with age this orange colour is gradually replaced by green
  • the pronotum has two coloured dots on top
  • females lack an antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is black on top, without a tail-light
  • compared to I. pumilio the black colouration dorsally on S8-S10 looks much narrower, leaving the fleshy-coloured sides of those segments clearly visible when viewed from above
  • the abdomen has a vulvar spine underneath S8
 Wings• the pterostigma is uniformly beige/brown in both wings
Photographs • all of our photos below were made on Cyprus in May 2016

Ischnura intermedia (top) and I. pumilio (bottom); abdomen, male
Note: in I. pumilio S8 is mostly black, dorsally; in I. intermedia S8 is mostly blue.

Ischnura intermedia (top) and I. pumilio (bottom); female
Note in I. intermedia the two coloured dots on the pronotum.

Ischnura intermedia (top) and I. pumilio (bottom); female
Note in I. intermedia the large light-coloured areas laterally on S8-10.

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Da921 14/05/2016 08:36 Cyprus F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Da922 14/05/2016 10:20 Cyprus F8 1/80 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Da923 14/05/2016 10:46 Cyprus F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Da924 15/05/2016 10:10 Cyprus F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da925 15/05/2016 10:15 Cyprus F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da926 15/05/2016 10:36 Cyprus F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Da927 15/05/2016 10:43 Cyprus F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Da928 15/05/2016 11:24 Cyprus F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Da929 15/05/2016 12:32 Cyprus F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Da930 15/05/2016 13:47 Cyprus F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Da931 15/05/2016 13:52 Cyprus F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Da932 15/05/2016 15:45 Cyprus F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Da933 15/05/2016 16:36 Cyprus F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da934 15/05/2016 16:48 Cyprus F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Da935 15/05/2016 17:11 Cyprus F8 1/125 180mm ISO800 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Da936 15/05/2016 17:18 Cyprus F8 1/100 180mm ISO800 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Da937 15/05/2016 17:28 Cyprus F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da938 17/05/2016 11:21 Cyprus F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Da939 17/05/2016 11:23 Cyprus F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Da940 17/05/2016 12:02 Cyprus F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF