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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata)

• 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

Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Distribution map Libellula quadrimaculata

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 Northern Europe; rarer in the South
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Libellula quadrimaculata 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
Habitat • all types of still waters
Dimensions • typical body length: 40-48 mm; hindwing: 32-40 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are brown
 Thorax• the thorax is brown with bold black lines on the side but without an antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• dorsally S1-S6 are variable in colour: from light, orange-brown to dark brown; S7-S10 are black
  • S2-S9 bear (bright) yellow spots laterally
  ➤ the abdomen is tapered in shape
 Wings➤ the hindwing bears a large dark patch at the base
  ➤ the node bears a small dark spot
  • in the form praenubila there are large dark patches at the node and the pterostigma
Photographs • our photos below were made in many different countries; at our favourite sites here in Tuscany the species appears to have become even rarer than before

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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr388 16/08/2016 10:49 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr389 13/06/2011 17:58 Germany F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr390 14/06/2011 10:03 Germany F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr395 05/05/2010 11:39 Netherlands F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr396 20/06/2016 09:56 Sweden F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr397 03/05/2018 10:36 Netherlands F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr398 22/07/2010 12:50 Finland F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr399 27/04/2008 14:43 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr400 27/04/2008 14:47 Italy F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata f. praenubila) ♀

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr401 31/05/2011 13:09 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr402 22/07/2017 09:05 Finland F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr406 03/05/2018 12:03 Netherlands F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr418 03/05/2018 12:11 Netherlands F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata f. praenubila) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr496 16/05/2007 13:34 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr501 03/05/2018 13:04 Netherlands F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr502 22/07/2017 09:17 Finland F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr503 11/05/2010 14:01 Germany F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr504 20/06/2016 09:58 Sweden F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr505 14/05/2013 14:45 Netherlands F8 1/90 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Fyrfläckad trollslända (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr506 04/05/2018 13:40 Netherlands F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF