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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum)

• English name: White-Tailed Skimmer
• German name: Östlicher Blaupfeil
• French name: Orthétrum à stylets blancs
• Dutch name: Witpuntoeverlibel
• Swedish name: Vitstjärtad sjötrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Frecciazzurra puntabianca
• Czech name: vážka bělořitná
• Slovenian name: Temni modrač
• Bulgarian name: Бяловърхо синилниче

Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum)

Distribution map Orthetrum albistylum

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


General • a medium-sized species which occurs in Central and (South-)Eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848)
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
  ➤ very similar to O. cancellatum but with a more slender abdomen and white appendages
Habitat • lakes and ponds but also canals in rice fields, etc.
Dimensions • typical body length: 45-50 mm; hindwing: 33-38 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown in immature animals)
 Wings• the wings are hyaline, without coloured patches
MaleThorax• the thorax is brown with white bands on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is dark yellow with black lines and is covered by a whitish pruinescence; the last three or four segments are mostly black
  ➤ the upper appendages are white (but this whiteness may be obscured in some individuals)
FemaleThorax• the thorax is beige-yellow with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is beige-yellow with black lines laterally
  ➤ S10 and the appendages are white
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Central and Northern Italy

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen and the female's abdomen in dorsal view.

Orthetrum cancellatum (top) and O. albistylum (bottom)
Note the white upper appendages in male albistylum (left).

Orthetrum cancellatum (top) and O. albistylum (bottom)
Note the white S10 and appendages in female albistylum (right).

White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum)
Female abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr574 21/08/2013 09:16 Italy F8 1/750 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr575 17/08/2016 14:49 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr576 22/06/2009 14:19 Italy F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr578 22/06/2009 14:19 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr577 15/08/2011 14:32 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr579 15/08/2011 16:17 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr580 04/08/2007 14:25 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr581 22/06/2009 13:42 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr582 04/08/2007 16:22 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♀

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr583 21/08/2013 16:30 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♂

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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♂

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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr599 22/08/2013 09:36 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♂

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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr704 22/08/2013 09:56 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♀

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr705 06/08/2007 12:10 Italy F8 1/50 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Бяловърхо синилниче (Orthetrum albistylum) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr720 06/08/2007 14:43 Italy F5.6 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF