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Orthetrum sabina

• Scientific name: Orthetrum sabina (Drury, 1773)
• English name: Slender Skimmer
• German name: Schlanker Blaupfeil
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Slanke oeverlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 43-50 mm
• Hindwing: 28-33 mm

Orthetrum sabina

Distribution map

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

The Slender Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina) is an Asian species which in Europe only occurs on some Greek islands (e.g. Rhodes, Samos and Kos). Its body shape is similar to that of the Long Skimmer (O. trinacria) although it's a fair bit smaller than the latter species. The abdomen in both sexes has a bulbous base (S1-S2) while the remaining segments are thin and elongate. The colour of the abdomen is black and white: S7-S9 are markedly black while the appendages are white. The thorax is mainly yellow and black, while the eyes are green. In terms of its behaviour the species is best described as 'swift and fidgety' - a photographer's nightmare. In fact the best chance to photograph the species from up close seems to occur when it's otherwise engaged: mating, eating or occupying a favourite territorial perch.

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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1105 31/05/2009 16:57 Tyrkiet F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1121 09/06/2013 12:37 Tyrkiet F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1196 05/06/2009 14:28 Tyrkiet F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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