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Orthetrum trinacria

• English name: Long Skimmer
• German name: Langer Blaupfeil
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Lange oeverlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
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• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Frecciazzurra meridionale
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Orthetrum trinacria

Distribution map Orthetrum trinacria

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


General ➤ a large, elongated species which in Europe occurs only in Iberia and on Sardinia and Sicily
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841)
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
  • an aggressive species which often preys on smaller dragonflies and damselflies
Habitat • large reed-bordered lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 51-67 mm; hindwing: 34-38 mm
Both sexesHead• in mature animals the eyes are blue-green; in immature animals they are beige-brown
 Abdomen• the abdomen is long and slender
  ➤ S1-S3 are noticeably bulbous in shape
  • the appendages are long and black(-tipped)
MaleThorax• in mature males the thorax is dark blue
  • in immature males the thorax (incl. the antehumeral stripe) is pale yellow, with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• in mature males the abdomen is black with a thin layer of white pruinescence, especially on S2-S3 and S8-S10
  • in immature males the abdomen is white with extensive black markings
FemaleThorax• the thorax (incl. the antehumeral stripe) is yellow, with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is white with extensive black markings
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Spain and on Sardinia

Orthetrum trinacria; abdomen
Note the bulbous shape of S1-S3 in both the male (left) and female (right).

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr620 26/06/2013 16:19 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr621 21/09/2014 12:22 Spain F9.5 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr622 26/06/2013 16:52 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr623 04/10/2009 17:11 Tunisia F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr624 26/06/2013 18:06 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr625 26/06/2013 18:17 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr626 27/06/2013 11:06 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr627 27/06/2013 11:30 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr628 21/09/2008 12:22 Spain F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr629 27/06/2013 12:08 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr630 27/06/2013 12:56 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr631 27/06/2013 15:16 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr632 21/09/2008 12:31 Spain F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr633 27/06/2013 15:40 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr634 27/06/2013 15:50 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr635 27/06/2013 17:13 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr636 27/06/2013 17:20 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr637 27/06/2013 17:21 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr638 30/05/2007 15:55 Italy F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr639 23/09/2008 14:50 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF