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Platbuik (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

Platbuik (Libellula depressa)

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
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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (Libellula depressa) ♂

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

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

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr074 24/06/2007 14:48 Italy F5.6 1/80 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (Libellula depressa) ♀

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr080 06/07/2018 14:30 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (Libellula depressa) ♀

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr153 09/07/2014 14:48 Italy F9.5 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Platbuik (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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Platbuik (Libellula depressa) ♂

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