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Stor kærguldsmed (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)

• English name: Yellow-Spotted Whiteface
• German name: Grosse Moosjungfer
• French name: Leucorrhine à gros thorax
• Dutch name: Gevlekte witsnuitlibel
• Swedish name: Citronfläckad kärrtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Stor torvlibelle
• Finnish name: Täplälampikorento
• Danish name: Stor kærguldsmed
• Italian name: Frontebianca maggiore
• Czech name: vážka jasnoskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Dristavični spreletavec
• Bulgarian name: Жълтопетнисто графитче

Stor kærguldsmed (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Leucorrhinia pectoralis

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


General • a medium-sized species of (central and) north-eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 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
  • a little bigger than L. rubicunda
Habitat • bogs, ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 32-39 mm; hindwing: 30-33 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the face is white
  • the eyes are brown
 Abdomen➤ the appendages are black
  ➤ S7 bears a very large (bright) yellow spot
 Wings• the (hind)wings bear a small dark patch at the base
MaleThorax• the thorax is red/brown with ditto antehumeral stripe and spots on the side (in immature males: yellow antehumeral stripe and spots)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black with very large red/brown spots on S1-S6 (in immature males: yellow spots)
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow/brown with ditto antehumeral stripe and spots on the side (in immature females: yellow antehumeral stripe and spots)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black with very large yellow/brown spots on S1-S6 (in immature females: yellow spots)
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland

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

Leucorrhinia pectoralis; abdomen, male (top), female (bottom)
Note: even in adult females the spot on S7 is often brighter yellow than those on S1-S6.
Note also that in both sexes S8-S10 and the appendages are black.

Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
Female abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Stor kærguldsmed (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) ♂

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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr872 30/06/2008 16:23 Finland F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr873 30/06/2008 16:23 Finland F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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