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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata)

• English name: Violet Dropwing
• German name: Violetter Sonnenzeiger
• French name: Trithémis annelé
• Dutch name: Purperlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Obelisco violetto
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Ciklamni telovnikar
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata)

Distribution map Trithemis annulata

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


General • a small species which occurs mainly in the far South
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • libellulids are 'sitters': males spend a lot of time perched at the water's edge, waiting for females
  Trithemis species tend to perch with their wings folded forward
  • immature males are coloured like females
Habitat • small streams but also shallow lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 32-38 mm; hindwing: 20-35 mm
Both sexesWings• the hindwing bears a large orange patch at the base
MaleHead• the frons is metallic purple
 Thorax• the thorax is completely purple
 Abdomen➤ the broad abdomen is purple from S1-S7, while S8-S10 are red with black mid-dorsal spots
 Wings➤ the veins are red
FemaleThorax• the thorax is whitish with thick black lines on the side
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is brown-yellow with large black mid-dorsal spots on S8-S9
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the South of Italy

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's wings in dorsal view and the female's head and thorax in lateral view.

Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata)
Male wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata)
Female head and thorax in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♀

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♀

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr260 30/06/2011 15:47 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr261 26/06/2013 17:28 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr262 27/06/2013 14:37 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr263 31/07/2016 14:53 Italy F8 1/400 150mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♀

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr264 04/10/2016 11:51 Italy F10 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr266 07/09/2010 12:31 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr275 02/09/2011 14:27 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr276 03/10/2007 10:43 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♀

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr354 07/10/2009 13:07 Tunisia F8 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♀

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♀

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♂

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Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) ♀

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