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Blå libel (Libellula depressa)

• English name: Broad-Bodied Chaser
• German name: Plattbauch
• French name: Libellule déprimée
• Dutch name: Platbuik
• Swedish name: Bred trollslända
• Norwegian name: Bred blålibelle
• Finnish name: Litteähukankorento
• Danish name: Blå libel
• Italian name: Libellula panciapiatta
• Czech name: vážka ploská
• Slovenian name: Modri ploščec
• Bulgarian name: Плоскотело живениче

Blå libel (Libellula depressa)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Libellula depressa

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


General • a medium-sized species which is common throughout Europe except the far north
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Libellula depressa 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
  • mating takes place in flight and lasts for about 10 seconds
  • several males may hold territory at a small site and dog fights between them are common
  • androchrome, pruinescent females are quite common in this species
Habitat • small, shallow and sunny still waters
Dimensions • typical body length: 39-48 mm; hindwing: 32-38 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are brown
 Thorax• the thorax is brown with a broad whitish antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• the abdomen in immature animals is yellow to light-brown
  ➤ the abdomen is broad and flattened in shape
 Wings➤ each wing bears a large dark patch at the base
MaleAbdomen• the abdomen is covered with a light-blue pruinescence and has yellow patches laterally on S4-S7; these patches may be partly obscured
FemaleAbdomen• the abdomen is light- to dark-brown with yellow patches laterally on S4-S7; these patches may be partly obscured
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr068 29/04/2013 11:10 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr069 06/05/2015 12:24 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr070 06/05/2015 13:38 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr071 01/08/2008 12:16 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr072 24/04/2014 15:02 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Libellula depressa, thumbnail 6 / 20
Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr073 16/08/2009 17:36 Italy F8 1/30 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Libellula depressa, thumbnail 7 / 20
Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr074 22/07/2020 15:15 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon90D -Crop -Flash MF
Libellula depressa, thumbnail 8 / 20
Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr077 24/04/2014 15:07 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr078 25/07/2014 16:38 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr079 23/07/2015 12:09 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr080 06/07/2018 14:30 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
Libellula depressa, thumbnail 12 / 20
Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr084 06/07/2018 15:39 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr092 30/08/2016 11:27 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr093 16/08/2009 17:37 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr128 29/04/2013 14:10 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr129 11/04/2016 14:32 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr130 13/04/2016 12:37 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr153 28/05/2019 14:37 Turkey F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♀

19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr335 14/05/2015 12:13 Italy F8 1/2500 180mm ISO1600 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå libel (Libellula depressa) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr384 25/04/2014 14:44 Italy F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF