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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca)

• English name: Siberian Winter Damsel
• German name: Sibirische Winterlibelle
• French name: Leste enfant
• Dutch name: Noordse winterjuffer
• Swedish name: Sibirisk vinterflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Idänkirsikorento
• Danish name: Siberisk vintervandnymfe
• Italian name: Invernina delle brughiere
• Czech name: šídlatka kroužkovaná
• Slovenian name: Vzhodni zimnik
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca)

Distribution map Sympecma paedisca

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 of North-Eastern Europe with scattered populations further West
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Scientific name Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877)
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 the more widespread S. fusca
  • 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: 36-39 mm; hindwing: 18-22 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 a small bulge in the dark dorsal stripe
 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 Bavaria

Sympecma paedisca; thorax
Note: By contrast, this bulge does not occur in the very similar S. fusca.

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♂

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♂

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♂

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♂

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♂

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♀

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♀

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♀

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♀

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♀

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Noordse winterjuffer (Sympecma paedisca) ♀

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