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Pyrrhosoma elisabethae

• English name: Greek Red Damsel
• German name: Balkan-Adonislibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Griekse vuurjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
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Pyrrhosoma elisabethae

Distribution map Pyrrhosoma elisabethae

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


General ➤ a fairly large species with red eyes and a red-and-black body which occurs only in parts of Albania and Greece and on Corfu
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Scientific name Pyrrhosoma elisabethae Schmidt, 1948
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • the amount of red on the eyes, thorax and abdomen may be very limited or even absent (as it is in the form melanotum)
Habitat • well-vegetated streams
Dimensions • typical body length: 36-38 mm; hindwing: 20-24 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are red or brown and traversed by two dark horizontal lines
 Thorax• the antehumeral stripe is wide
 Wings• the pterostigma is uniformly dark
 Legs• the legs are black
MaleAbdomen➤ compared to P. nymphula the lower appendages are longer and the ventral hook is shorter; click or tap here for a schematic and a photographic overview of these differences
FemaleThorax➤ unlike in P. nymphula there are deep folds in the pronotum; click or tap here for a schematic and a photographic overview
Photographs • all of our photos below were made on Corfu in 2008 and on the Peloponnese in 2015

Pyrrhosoma nymphula (left) and P. elisabethae (right); male appendages
Note in P. elisabethae the longer lower appendages (red arrow) and shorter ventral hook (blue arrow).
Drawings © V. Kalkman. Reproduced here with the author's permission.

Pyrrhosoma nymphula (left) and P. elisabethae (right); male appendages
Note in P. elisabethae the longer lower appendages (red arrow) and shorter ventral hook (blue arrow).

Pyrrhosoma nymphula (left) and P. elisabethae (right); female pronotum
Note in P. elisabethae the deep folds in the pronotum (green arrow).
Drawings © V. Kalkman. Reproduced here with the author's permission.

Pyrrhosoma nymphula (left) and P. elisabethae (right); female pronotum
Note in P. elisabethae the deep folds in the pronotum (green arrow).

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Da601 02/07/2015 15:38 Greece F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Da602 16/05/2008 10:18 Greece F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Da603 18/05/2008 08:19 Greece F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Da604 18/05/2008 08:42 Greece F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da605 02/07/2015 15:28 Greece F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da606 18/05/2008 08:52 Greece F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Da607 03/07/2015 14:52 Greece F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Da608 02/07/2015 12:02 Greece F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Da609 02/07/2015 12:08 Greece F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Da610 05/07/2015 13:37 Greece F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Da611 06/07/2015 13:39 Greece F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Da612 06/07/2015 14:16 Greece F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Da613 18/05/2008 15:12 Greece F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da614 18/05/2008 15:13 Greece F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Da615 20/05/2008 09:19 Greece F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Da616 20/05/2008 09:22 Greece F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Da617 03/07/2015 15:10 Greece F8 1/80 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da618 06/07/2015 14:29 Greece F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Da619 20/05/2008 10:43 Greece F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Da620 20/05/2008 12:08 Greece F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF