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vážka černořitná (Orthetrum cancellatum)

• English name: Black-Tailed Skimmer
• German name: Grosser Blaupfeil
• French name: Orthétrum réticulé
• Dutch name: Gewone oeverlibel
• Swedish name: Större sjötrollslända
• Norwegian name: Stor blålibelle
• Finnish name: Merisinikorento
• Danish name: Stor blåpil
• Italian name: Frecciazzurra puntanera
• Czech name: vážka černořitná
• Slovenian name: Prodni modrač
• Bulgarian name: Черновърхо синилниче

vážka černořitná (Orthetrum cancellatum)

Distribution map Orthetrum cancellatum

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


General • a medium-sized species which is common throughout Europe except the far North
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum cancellatum (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
  • often perches on the ground
  • very similar to O. albistylum but with a broader abdomen and black appendages
Habitat • lakes and ponds with bare banks
Dimensions • typical body length: 44-50 mm; hindwing: 35-41 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown in immature animals)
 Thorax• in immature animals the thorax is bright yellow with black lines
 Abdomen• in immature animals the abdomen is bright yellow with black lines
 Wings• the wings are hyaline, without coloured patches
MaleThorax• the thorax is dark brown
 Abdomen• the abdomen is dark yellow with black lines and is covered by a light-blue pruinescence; the last three or four segments are mostly black
  ➤ the upper appendages are black
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is yellow with black lines laterally
  ➤ the appendages are black
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

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

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

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

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

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

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