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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes)

• English name: Blue Featherleg
• German name: Blaue Federlibelle
• French name: Agrion à larges pattes
• Dutch name: Blauwe breedscheenjuffer
• Swedish name: Flodflickslända
• Norwegian name: Elvevannymfe
• Finnish name: Sulkakoipikorento
• Danish name: Fjerbenet vandnymfe
• Italian name: Zampalarga comune
• Czech name: šidélko brvonohé
• Slovenian name: Sinji presličar
• Bulgarian name: Речно шило

Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes)

Distribution map Platycnemis pennipes

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


General • a fairly large species which is very common and widespread throughout Europe except Iberia and large parts of the British Isles and Scandinavia
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Platycnemididae
Scientific name Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Habitat • all types of still and slow-flowing running waters
Dimensions • typical body length: 35-37 mm; hindwing: 19-23 mm
Both sexesThorax➤ the thorax typically bears a double antehumeral stripe
 Wings• the pterostigma is uniformly golden brown
 Legs• the shins, especially on the middle and hind legs and especially in males of the subspecies P. p. nitidula, are strikingly white and wide
MaleHead• the eyes are blue in mature males but brown in immature males
 Thorax• the thorax is light blue in mature males (white/beige in immature males)
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is light blue in mature males (white/beige in immature males)
  • the lower appendages are clearly longer than the upper appendages
FemaleHead• the eyes are brown
 Thorax• the thorax is beige/brown
 Abdomen• the abdomen is beige/brown
Photographs • the photos we made in Italy show the nominal subspecies P. p. pennipes
  • the photos we made in Greece show the subspecies P. p. nitidula

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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da015 07/07/2010 09:37 Greece F11 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da016 09/05/2015 15:47 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Da017 01/07/2007 15:26 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da018 03/05/2011 11:46 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da019 22/06/2010 10:52 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da066 03/05/2013 10:30 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da067 04/06/2016 11:15 Italy F8 1/80 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da079 29/04/2014 13:11 Italy F9.5 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Da080 02/07/2015 13:58 Greece F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Da086 05/08/2016 13:07 Italy F8 1/40 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Da087 12/06/2011 16:20 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Da097 04/06/2016 10:27 Italy F8 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

13 / 20; PhotoID: Da098 03/07/2014 15:54 Italy F9.5 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da114 03/07/2015 14:16 Greece F8 1/80 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Da121 04/05/2015 11:52 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da129 23/04/2014 13:33 Italy F9.5 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Da170 14/07/2016 13:36 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Da171 22/05/2009 14:40 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♀

19 / 20; PhotoID: Da217 05/08/2016 13:33 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da218 18/05/2010 16:27 Italy F9.5 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF