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Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata)

• English name: Yellow-Spotted Emerald
• German name: Gefleckte Smaragdlibelle
• French name: Cordulie à taches jaunes
• Dutch name: Gevlekte glanslibel
• Swedish name: Gulfläckig 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

Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata)

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
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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Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr884 01/07/2008 14:30 Finland F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Pegasti lesketnik (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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Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Pegasti lesketnik (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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Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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Pegasti lesketnik (Somatochlora flavomaculata) ♂

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