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Pyrrhosoma elisabethae

• Scientific name: Pyrrhosoma elisabethae Schmidt, 1948
• English name: Greek Red Damsel
• German name: Balkan-Adonislibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Griekse vuurjuffer
• 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: 36-38 mm
• Hindwing: 20-24 mm

Pyrrhosoma elisabethae

Distribution map

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

The Greek Red Damsel is a very rare and highly localised species which replaces the much more common and widespread Large Red Damsel in parts of Albania and Greece and on Corfu. The two species are very similar indeed; the only structural differences being Pyrrhosoma elisabethae's longer lower appendages and shorter ventral hook in the male, and the shape of the female's pronotum (click here for a schematic and a photographic overview of these differences). We managed to find and photograph Pyrrhosoma elisabethae during a 2008 field trip to Corfu, where we saw some two dozen individuals, and then again on the Peloponnese in 2015.

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