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Trithemis annulata

• Scientific name: Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807)
• 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
• Typical length: 32-38 mm
• Hindwing: 20-35 mm

Trithemis annulata

Distribution map

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

The Violet Dropwing is one of our most strikingly pretty dragonflies. It's a medium-sized species of African origins which is reasonably common and widespread along the Mediterranean coast. Trithemis annulata females have a yellow abdomen and a white-and-yellow thorax, both of which are marked with strong black lines. She also has a sizeable deep-yellow patch at the base of her hind wing. But the species' showcase feature is really the violet colour of the adult male's thorax and abdominal segments 1-7. In fact, this purple colour is the combination of a bright red ground colour overlaid with a fine bluish pruinescence. To complete the male's garish outfit, his face, eyes and S8-10 are bright red and the vertex around his occelli is a shiny, metallic purple.

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

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