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Trithemis kirbyi

• English name: Orange-Winged Dropwing
• German name: Feuerroter Sonnenzeiger
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Oranje zonnewijzer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Obelisco purpureo
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Trithemis kirbyi

Distribution map Trithemis kirbyi

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


General ➤ a small species which in Europe occurs only in Spain
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Trithemis kirbyi (Selys, 1891)
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
  ➤ much smaller than the similarly all-red Crocothemis erythraea
Habitat • small, sunny streams
Dimensions • typical body length: 30-34 mm; hindwing: 23-29 mm
Both sexesWings➤ the forewing and hindwing bear a very large orange patch at the base
MaleThorax• the thorax is completely red
 Abdomen• the abdomen is red with, at most, a few small black spots on S8 and S9
  • the abdomen is broad and flattened in shape
 Wings• the veins are red
FemaleThorax• the thorax is whitish yellow with thin black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is brown-yellow with thin black stripes laterally and, on S8-S9, also dorsally
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Andalusia and Tunisia

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1499 05/10/2009 13:14 Tunisia F8 1/640 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1500 10/06/2015 14:07 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1501 05/10/2009 14:04 Tunisia F8 1/500 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1513 21/08/2010 11:19 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1514 21/08/2010 11:20 Spain F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1515 21/08/2010 11:23 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1516 19/09/2014 15:30 Spain F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1517 21/08/2010 15:46 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1518 21/08/2010 15:57 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1519 21/08/2010 16:15 Spain F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1520 21/08/2010 16:16 Spain F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1521 21/08/2010 16:18 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1522 21/08/2010 16:28 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1528 14/06/2012 13:00 Spain F8 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1529 23/08/2010 17:47 Spain F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1530 14/06/2012 13:09 Spain F8 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1531 24/08/2010 13:03 Spain F8 1/320 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1532 14/06/2012 14:01 Spain F10 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1533 24/08/2010 15:17 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1534 24/08/2010 15:18 Spain F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF