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Südlicher Blaupfeil (Orthetrum brunneum)

• English name: Southern Skimmer
• German name: Südlicher Blaupfeil
• French name: Orthétrum brun
• Dutch name: Zuidelijke oeverlibel
• Swedish name: Blåpannad sjötrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Silosinikorento
• Danish name: Sydlig blåpil
• Italian name: Frecciazzurra celeste
• Czech name: vážka hnědoskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Sinji modrač
• Bulgarian name: Речно синилниче

Südlicher Blaupfeil (Orthetrum brunneum)

Distribution map Orthetrum brunneum

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 especially Southern Europe; absent from the far North
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
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
  ➤ noticeably larger than O. coerulescens, with which it often co-occurs in the South
  • often sits on (pebbles on) the ground
  • immature animals are beige-yellow, with white bands on the side of the thorax
Habitat • small, sunny streams
Dimensions • typical body length: 41-49 mm; hindwing: 33-37 mm
Both sexesWings• for wing venation details click or tap here
MaleHead➤ the face is a whitish pale blue
 Thorax➤ the thorax is entirely pruinescent light blue; the white bands on the side may still be visible
 Abdomen• the abdomen is entirely pruinescent light blue
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow-brown with white bands on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is yellow-brown with a black mid-dorsal line
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the South of Italy

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's wings in dorsal view.

Orthetrum brunneum (left) and O. coerulescens (right); front wing
O. brunneum typically has 5-7 doubled cells between IR3 and Rspl.
O. coerulescens typically has none.

Orthetrum brunneum (left) and O. coerulescens (right); head, male
In male O. brunneum the face is whitish pale blue.
In male O. coerulescens it is beige-brown.

Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)
Male wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr109 09/07/2007 15:45 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr110 29/05/2017 10:33 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr114 28/06/2005 11:57 Italy F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF
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