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Nordisk kärrtrollslända (Leucorrhinia rubicunda)

• English name: Ruby Whiteface
• German name: Nordische Moosjungfer
• French name: Leucorrhine rubiconde
• Dutch name: Noordse witsnuitlibel
• Swedish name: Nordisk kärrtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Østlandsk torvlibelle
• Finnish name: Isolampikorento
• Danish name: Nordisk kærguldsmed
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: vážka tmavoskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Vresni spreletavec
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Nordisk kärrtrollslända (Leucorrhinia rubicunda)

Distribution map Leucorrhinia rubicunda

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
Scientific name Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
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
  ➤ bigger and stouter than the similar L. dubia
Habitat • bogs, ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 31-38 mm; hindwing: 27-31 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 yellow, from the base 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 abdomen is black with fairly large 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 abdomen is black with fairly large yellow spots on S1-S7
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in the Netherlands 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. rubicunda the costa is yellow from base to tip.

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

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

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