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Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)

[ Show Info• Scientific name: Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
• English name: Yellow-Spotted Whiteface
• German name: Grosse Moosjungfer
• French name: Leucorrhine à gros thorax
• Dutch name: Gevlekte witsnuitlibel
• Swedish name: Citronfläckad kärrtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Stor torvlibelle
• Finnish name: Täplälampikorento
• Danish name: Stor kærguldsmed
• Typical length: 32-39 mm
• Hindwing: 30-33 mm
] | [ Show MapDistribution mapYellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
Map data based on Kalkman, V. J. & J.-P. Boudot (eds.), Atlas of the Dragonflies of Europe (in prep.)
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The five European species of Whitefaces (genus: Leucorrhinia) can be divided into two groups: those whose males are black and red and whose appendages are black, and those whose males are black (albeit partially covered with a whitish pruinescence) and whose appendages are white. The females and young males are always black and yellow and their appendages too are either black or white depending on the species. All five species have a largely North-Eastern European distribution, with the Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) perhaps venturing furthest South. The Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) is the largest and most robust-looking species of the genus. In the field it is readily identifiable by the large, bright yellow spot on S7 (although with age this brightness may be reduced) and by the breadth of the female's abdomen.

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen and the female's abdomen in dorsal view.

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