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Platycnemis acutipennis

• Scientific name: Platycnemis acutipennis Selys, 1841
• English name: Orange Featherleg
• German name: Orange Federlibelle
• French name: Agrion orangé
• Dutch name: Oranje breedscheenjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
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• Typical length: 34-37 mm
• Hindwing: 18-19 mm

Platycnemis acutipennis

Distribution map

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

Unlike its common and widespread stablemate Platycnemis pennipes, the Orange Featherleg has a very limited distribution, occurring only in parts of France and Iberia, where it lives in reasonably fast-flowing rivers and streams. The male Platycnemis acutipennis must surely rank among Europe's prettiest damselflies, with its orange abdomen and light-blue eyes. The female too has a (pale) orange abdomen but her eyes are greyish. Both males and females have double antehumeral stripes. Size-wise P. acutipennis is maybe a touch daintier than pennipes. We made our photographs of this species during field trips to the Ardèche in the South of France and to Spain.

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2 / 20; PhotoID: Da622 15/06/2008 10:51 Ranska F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO400 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
3 / 20; PhotoID: Da623 07/06/2010 10:42 Espanja F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
4 / 20; PhotoID: Da624 15/06/2008 11:34 Ranska F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
5 / 20; PhotoID: Da625 11/06/2015 12:53 Espanja F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
6 / 20; PhotoID: Da626 15/06/2008 11:42 Ranska F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
7 / 20; PhotoID: Da628 03/06/2017 12:18 Espanja F8 1/800 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
8 / 20; PhotoID: Da629 15/06/2008 16:08 Ranska F5.6 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
9 / 20; PhotoID: Da643 03/06/2017 12:59 Espanja F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
10 / 20; PhotoID: Da644 04/06/2017 12:33 Espanja F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
11 / 20; PhotoID: Da647 07/06/2010 09:53 Espanja F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da650 18/06/2008 17:00 Ranska F8 1/45 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
15 / 20; PhotoID: Da651 11/06/2015 13:10 Espanja F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da654 19/06/2008 12:11 Ranska F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
19 / 20; PhotoID: Da657 10/06/2017 11:03 Espanja F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
20 / 20; PhotoID: Da658 14/06/2012 15:34 Espanja F10 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF