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Orthetrum taeniolatum

• English name: Small Skimmer
• German name: Zierlicher Blaupfeil
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Kleine oeverlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
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Orthetrum taeniolatum

Distribution map Orthetrum taeniolatum

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


General ➤ a small species which in Europe occurs only in the far South-East
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum taeniolatum (Schneider, 1845)
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 other Orthetrum species
  • often sits on (pebbles on) the ground
  • immature animals are beige-yellow-brown, with a black-bordered white antehumeral stripe, two white bands on the side of the thorax and a thick black line dorsally on the abdomen
Habitat • slow-flowing rivers and streams, but also shallow lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 33-38 mm; hindwing: 25-28 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are brown on top, grey below
 Thorax• the side of the thorax bears two white bands bordered by a black line in front; in adult animals (especially males) these white bands may be (partly) obscured by pruinescence
MaleThorax• the thorax is entirely pruinescent light blue; the white bands on the side may be obscured
 Abdomen• the abdomen is entirely pruinescent light blue
FemaleThorax➤ the thorax is beige-yellow-brown with a black-bordered white antehumeral stripe and two white bands on the side (which in old females may be partly obscured by pruinescence)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is yellow-brown with a thick black mid-dorsal line
Photographs • all of our photos below were made on Cyprus and in Turkey

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Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 1 / 20
1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1054 20/05/2016 10:14 Cyprus F8 1/1000 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 2 / 20
2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1055 26/05/2009 12:13 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1056 26/05/2009 12:32 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 4 / 20
4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1057 20/05/2016 10:20 Cyprus F8 1/1250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 5 / 20
5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1083 12/06/2013 17:57 Turkey F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 6 / 20
6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1084 20/05/2016 10:29 Cyprus F8 1/1250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 7 / 20
7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1085 27/05/2009 17:29 Turkey F8 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 8 / 20
8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1086 27/05/2009 18:04 Turkey F5.6 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 9 / 20
9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1088 28/05/2009 16:15 Turkey F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 10 / 20
10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1089 28/05/2009 17:04 Turkey F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 11 / 20
11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1090 28/05/2009 18:04 Turkey F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 12 / 20
12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1093 12/06/2013 15:56 Turkey F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 13 / 20
13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1094 12/06/2013 15:59 Turkey F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 14 / 20
14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1095 30/05/2009 11:21 Turkey F5.6 1/1000 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1096 30/05/2009 11:30 Turkey F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 16 / 20
16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1097 15/05/2016 12:21 Cyprus F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 17 / 20
17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1123 01/06/2009 17:48 Turkey F5.6 1/90 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 18 / 20
18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1124 12/06/2013 16:53 Turkey F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Orthetrum taeniolatum, thumbnail 19 / 20
19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1182 04/06/2009 13:01 Turkey F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1183 04/06/2009 13:11 Turkey F5.6 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF