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Бледо синилниче (Orthetrum coerulescens)

• English name: Keeled Skimmer
• German name: Kleiner Blaupfeil
• French name: Orthétrum bleuissant
• Dutch name: Beekoeverlibel
• Swedish name: Mindre sjötrollslända
• Norwegian name: Liten blålibelle
• Finnish name: Hoikkasinikorento
• Danish name: Lille blåpil
• Italian name: Frecciazzurra minore
• Czech name: vážka žlutoskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Mali modrač
• Bulgarian name: Бледо синилниче

Бледо синилниче (Orthetrum coerulescens)

Distribution map Orthetrum coerulescens

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


General • a fairly small species of Central and especially Southern Europe; absent from the far North
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
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 smaller than O. brunneum, with which it often co-occurs in the South
  • seldom sits on the ground
  • immature animals are orange-brown
Habitat • small running waters but also lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 36-45 mm; hindwing: 28-33 mm
Both sexesWings• for wing venation details click or tap here
MaleHead➤ the face is beige-brown
 Thorax➤ the thorax is unmarked brown (but may be pruinescent in the subspecies O. c. anceps)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is entirely pruinescent light blue
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow-brown with pale antehumeral stripes
 Abdomen• the abdomen is yellow-brown with a black mid-dorsal line
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the South of Italy

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's wings and the female's abdomen 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.

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

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

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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr179 05/06/2009 16:38 Turkey F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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