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Firflekklibelle (Libellula quadrimaculata)

• Scientific name: Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
• English name: Four-Spotted Chaser
• German name: Vierfleck
• French name: Libellule quadrimaculée
• Dutch name: Viervlek
• Swedish name: Fyrfläckad trollslända
• Norwegian name: Firflekklibelle
• Finnish name: Ruskohukankorento
• Danish name: Fireplettet libel
• Italian name: Libellula quadrimacchiata
• Czech name: vážka čtyřskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Lisasti ploščec
• Bulgarian name: Кафяво живениче
• Typical length: 40-48 mm
• Hindwing: 32-40 mm

Firflekklibelle (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Distribution map

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

The Four-Spotted Chaser is called so because of the dark patches on the node of each wing. In a sense, it's a misleading name in that some immature animals (of a form called praenubila) have an additional (and even larger) dark patch near the tip of each wing. In any case, Libellula quadrimaculata is a common and widespread species which occurs throughout Europe (although it's rare in the South-East). It's a fairly large species whose main distinguishing features include the tapering shape of the abdomen, the orange-brown colour of the abdomen with bright-yellow patches laterally (only in mature females does the colour of the abdomen change to a much duller dark brown), the dark patch at the base of the hind wing, and - obviously - the aforementioned dark patches on the wing nodes.

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