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Prisojni zimnik (Sympecma fusca)

• English name: Common Winter Damsel
• German name: Gemeine Winterlibelle
• French name: Leste brun
• Dutch name: Bruine winterjuffer
• Swedish name: Vinterflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Lännenkirsikorento
• Danish name: Vintervandnymfe
• Italian name: Invernina comune
• Czech name: šídlatka hnědá
• Slovenian name: Prisojni zimnik
• Bulgarian name: Зимно кротиче

Prisojni zimnik (Sympecma fusca)

Distribution map Sympecma fusca

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


General • a drab brown and beige species, common throughout Europe except the British Isles and Scandinavia
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Scientific name Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • folds its wing together along one side of the abdomen when at rest
  • very similar to S. paedisca
  • the two Sympecma species are the only European species that overwinter as adults
  • tends to whip its abdomen up and down a few times when alighting
Habitat • any still water with a rich vegetation and floating dead reeds, grasses, etc.
Dimensions • typical body length: 34-39 mm; hindwing: 18-23 mm
Both sexesHead• in mature animals the top of the eye bears a bright blue spot
 Thorax• the upper part of the thorax is (coppery) brown; the lower part is beige
  • in young animals the upper part of the thorax is metallic green
  ➤ there is no bulge in the dark dorsal stripe (cf. S. paedisca)
 Abdomen• the upper part of the abdomen is coppery brown; the lower part is beige
  • in young animals the upper part of the abdomen is metallic green
 Wings• the (dark) brown pterostigma is positioned closer to the tip in the forewing than in the hindwing; when the wings are folded together, the pterostigmas in the forewings are aligned behind those in the hindwings
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

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Prisojni zimnik (Sympecma fusca) ⚤

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da052 15/04/2010 11:39 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Da053 15/04/2010 12:00 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Da054 17/10/2015 12:20 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Da055 03/10/2016 11:11 Italy F10 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da056 09/04/2010 12:36 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da057 30/03/2017 15:58 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Da265 02/04/2015 10:43 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Da259 31/03/2011 15:47 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Da260 16/07/2011 11:48 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Da261 22/09/2016 11:16 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Da262 27/03/2009 12:13 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Sympecma fusca, thumbnail 12 / 20
Prisojni zimnik (Sympecma fusca) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Da266 31/05/2018 12:31 Spain F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Prisojni zimnik (Sympecma fusca) ♂

13 / 20; PhotoID: Da264 02/04/2015 11:49 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da058 25/03/2009 13:19 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Prisojni zimnik (Sympecma fusca) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: Da263 14/03/2009 12:29 Italy F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Da267 06/04/2013 11:03 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Da268 15/04/2013 12:09 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da269 29/03/2010 12:11 Italy F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Da270 25/03/2009 13:18 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Prisojni zimnik (Sympecma fusca) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da271 24/03/2009 12:17 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF