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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata)

• English name: Yellow-Spotted Emerald
• German name: Gefleckte Smaragdlibelle
• French name: Cordulie à taches jaunes
• Dutch name: Gevlekte glanslibel
• Swedish name: Gulfläckad glanstrollslända
• Norwegian name: Gulflekket metalløyenstikker
• Finnish name: Täpläkiiltokorento
• Danish name: Plettet smaragdlibel
• Italian name: Smeralda maculata
• Czech name: lesklice skvrnitá
• Slovenian name: Pegasti lesketnik
• Bulgarian name: Жълтопетниста зеленка

Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Somatochlora flavomaculata

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


General • a medium-sized, metallic-green species, which is fairly common in central and eastern Europe; rare in the south-east; absent from Iberia, the British Isles and the far north
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Corduliidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • noticeably smaller and more slender than Somatochlora metallica
  • the yellow patches and spots on the thorax and abdomen darken with age and may become inconspicuous
  • cordulids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • marshes and ponds
Dimensions • typical body length: 45-54 mm; hindwing: 32-39 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown in immature animals)
 Thorax• the thorax is metallic green with two yellow patches on the side
MaleAbdomen➤ the metallic-green abdomen bears large yellow patches on S2-S3 and small yellow spots laterally on S4-S8
FemaleAbdomen➤ the metallic-green abdomen bears large yellow patches on S2-S3 and large yellow spots laterally on S4-S8
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Germany, Sweden and Finland

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's and the female's appendages in lateral view.

Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata)
Male appendages in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata)
Female appendages in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr440 28/07/2012 14:25 Finland F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♀

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr884 26/07/2018 12:24 Finland F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr885 22/07/2017 14:07 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♀

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr886 01/07/2008 14:35 Finland F5.6 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ⚤

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ⚤

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr912 25/07/2010 13:47 Finland F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Plettet smaragdlibel (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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