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Orthetrum chrysostigma

• English name: Epaulet Skimmer
• German name: Rahmstreif-Blaupfeil
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Epauletoeverlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
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Orthetrum chrysostigma

Distribution map Orthetrum chrysostigma

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


General ➤ a medium-sized species which in Europe occurs only in the far South-West and far South-East
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum chrysostigma (Burmeister, 1839)
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
  • about the same size as O. brunneum, with which it sometimes co-occurs
  • immature animals are beige-yellow, with a white band on the side of the thorax and a black line dorsally on the abdomen
Habitat • slow-flowing rivers and streams, but also shallow lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 39-48 mm; hindwing: 27-32 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown-grey in immature animals)
 Thorax➤ the white band on the side of the thorax is bordered by a black line in front of it and, often less visibly, a second black line behind it; in adult males this white band may be (partly) obscured by pruinescence
  • the distal part of the thorax often has a pinkish hue, especially in the female
 Wings➤ the hindwing bears a small yellow patch at the base
MaleThorax• the thorax is entirely pruinescent light blue; the white band on the side may not be very visible
 Abdomen• the abdomen is entirely pruinescent light blue and is waisted at S3-S4
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow-brown with a black-bordered white band on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is yellow-brown with a black mid-dorsal line
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Spain, Tunisia and Turkey

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen in dorsal view, the female's wings and abdomen in dorsal view, and the female's head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view.

Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma)
Female wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma)
Female abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma)
Female head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr982 30/05/2010 13:30 Spain F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr983 20/09/2008 13:15 Spain F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr986 20/09/2008 16:09 Spain F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr987 20/09/2008 16:15 Spain F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr988 20/09/2008 16:17 Spain F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr989 06/10/2009 12:48 Tunisia F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr997 06/06/2014 12:05 Spain F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1005 22/09/2008 17:25 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1006 30/05/2010 13:42 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1007 22/09/2008 17:36 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1008 24/09/2008 14:27 Spain F6.7 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1009 24/09/2008 14:27 Spain F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1010 23/08/2010 16:53 Spain F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1011 06/06/2015 14:21 Spain F8 1/50 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1012 29/05/2009 15:27 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1013 06/06/2014 12:19 Spain F9.5 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1014 29/05/2009 16:16 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1016 01/06/2010 10:40 Spain F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1017 10/10/2009 11:11 Tunisia F8 1/320 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF