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Spitzenfleck (Libellula fulva)

• Scientific name: Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
• English name: Blue Chaser
• German name: Spitzenfleck
• French name: Libellule fauve
• Dutch name: Bruine korenbout
• Swedish name: Spetsfläckad trollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Sorjahukankorento
• Danish name: Spidsplettet libel
• Italian name: Libellula frontenera
• Czech name: vážka plavá
• Slovenian name: Črni ploščec
• Bulgarian name: Бродещо живениче
• Typical length: 42-45 mm
• Hindwing: 32-38 mm

Spitzenfleck (Libellula fulva)

Distribution map

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

Compared to the commoner and more widespread Broad-Bodied Chaser, the Blue Chaser has a more restricted range; it's largely absent from Scandinavia, the British Isles and the Iberian Peninsula. It also tends to be much the rarer of the two. In our part of Central Italy, though, it's still quite common and in fact - because of its highly territorial nature - it's one of the easiest species to photograph. Libellula fulva is a fairly large dragonfly. Its main distinguishing features include the male's steely-blue eyes, light-blue abdomen and dark abdominal segments 8-10. The females and immature males are of a strikingly beautiful orange colour, which - with age - changes into light blue in the case of males and brown in the case of females. The species has a dark-brown wing patch (but only on the hind wing) and a dark patch on the tip of each wing.

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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr394 08/05/2010 12:39 Niederlande F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF