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Leucorrhine douteuse (Leucorrhinia dubia)

• English name: Small Whiteface
• German name: Kleine Moosjungfer
• French name: Leucorrhine douteuse
• Dutch name: Venwitsnuitlibel
• Swedish name: Myrtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Liten torvlibelle
• Finnish name: Pikkulampikorento
• Danish name: Lille kærguldsmed
• Italian name: Frontebianca comune
• Czech name: vážka čárkovaná
• Slovenian name: Barjanski spreletavec
• Bulgarian name: Рилско графитче

Leucorrhine douteuse (Leucorrhinia dubia)

Distribution map Leucorrhinia dubia

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


General • a small species of Central, Northern and Eastern Europe; rare in the South
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
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
  ➤ smaller and more slender than the similar L. rubicunda
Habitat • bogs, ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 31-36 mm; hindwing: 21-27 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the face is white
  • the eyes are brown
 Abdomen➤ the appendages are black
 Wings• the wings bear a small dark patch at the base
  ➤ the costa is dark from the base to the node and yellow from the node to the wing tip
MaleThorax• the thorax is brown with a red antehumeral stripe and red spots on the side (in immature males: yellow antehumeral stripe and spots)
 Abdomen• the slender abdomen is black with small red spots on S1-S7 (in immature males: yellow spots)
FemaleThorax• the thorax is brown with a yellow antehumeral stripe and yellow spots on the side
 Abdomen• the slender abdomen is black with small yellow spots on S1-S7
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Sweden and Finland

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen and the female's abdomen in dorsal view.

Leucorrhinia dubia (top) and L. rubicunda (bottom); forewing
In L. dubia the costa is dark from base to node and yellow from node to tip.

Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia)
Female abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Leucorrhine douteuse (Leucorrhinia dubia) ♂

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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr486 28/06/2008 13:41 Finland F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Leucorrhine douteuse (Leucorrhinia dubia) ♀

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