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Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)

[ Show Info• Scientific name: Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841)
• English name: Yellow-Veined Skimmer
• German name: Gelbader-Blaupfeil
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Geeladeroeverlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Frecciazzurra del deserto
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 46-50 mm
• Hindwing: 31-38 mm
] | [ Show MapDistribution mapYellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)
Map data based on Kalkman, V. J. & J.-P. Boudot (eds.), Atlas of the Dragonflies of Europe (in prep.)
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The Yellow-Veined Skimmer takes its common name from the colour of the costa (i.e. the leading edge of the wing), which is yellow from the node to the wing tip. Between the wing base and the node, though, it's the third vein in, rather than the costa itself, which is yellow. As such Orthetrum nitidinerve is fairly easy to recognise in the field, also because its eyes tend to be brown rather than green (as they are in O. brunneum and O. chrysostigma) and its legs are quite yellowish. The species is rare in Europe, occurring only in Spain and Portugal; historical records from Campania and Sicily have not been confirmed recently, although a sizeable population was discovered in Sardinia in 2011. We photographed the species during a field trip to Tunisia in 2009, where we saw about a dozen or so males but, alas, not a single female. [Update: in June 2013 we visited Sardinia and did find quite a large population of the species. So our photographs now include males, females and copulas.]

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's wings in dorsal view and the female's abdominal segments 7 - 10 in lateral view.

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PhotoID: Dr1270 25/06/2013 10:44 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1271 25/06/2013 11:29 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1272 25/06/2013 11:46 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1273 25/06/2013 11:59 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1274 25/06/2013 13:03 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1275 25/06/2013 13:27 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1276 25/06/2013 14:43 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1277 13/06/2015 15:22 Spain F8 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1278 25/06/2013 16:15 Italy F8 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1279 06/10/2009 16:01 Tunisia F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1280 26/06/2013 10:21 Italy F8 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1281 26/06/2013 10:48 Italy F8 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1282 26/06/2013 11:11 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1283 26/06/2013 11:33 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1284 26/06/2013 11:42 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1285 26/06/2013 11:47 Italy F8 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1320 13/06/2015 14:55 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1321 26/06/2013 12:51 Italy F8 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1322 13/06/2015 15:43 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr1323 26/06/2013 13:03 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF