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Šotna deva (Aeshna caerulea)

• Scientific name: Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783)
• English name: Azure Hawker
• German name: Alpen-Mosaikjungfer
• French name: Aeschne azurée
• Dutch name: Azuurglazenmaker
• Swedish name: Fjällmosaikslända
• Norwegian name: Fjelløyenstikker
• Finnish name: Pohjanukonkorento
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Dragone azzurro
• Czech name: šídlo horské
• Slovenian name: Šotna deva
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 54-64 mm
• Hindwing: 37-41 mm

Šotna deva (Aeshna caerulea)

Distribution map

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

The Azure Hawker is a relatively small aeshnid, similar in size to the Blue-Eyed and Migrant Hawkers (Aeshna affinis and A. mixta). Its thorax is essentially brown, with short and weakly-developed antehumeral stripes, while the spots on its abdomen are a bright blue in the male and usually yellow in the female. Aeshna caerulea occurs at high latitudes (in Scandinavia and Northern Scotland) or, in Central Europe, at high altitudes (in the Alps and Dolomites). To survive in such cold conditions it has the typical habit of basking on bright and flat surfaces, by pressing its body against e.g. the bark of a birch tree. Failing that, e.g. above the tree line in the Alps, its preferred perch is a sun-exposed rock (or a photographer's light-coloured trousers - see photograph Dr1244 below). The species also has the capacity - maybe more than any other European dragonfly species - of regulating its body heat by changing the colour of its abdominal spots. When it's warm and sunny, those spots are typically light blue in the male; when it's cloudy and cold, the spots are a much darker, duller, chocolate brown colour. Dark colours absorb more light than light colours, and light-absorption helps to generate body heat. See photograph Dr1243 below for an example.

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's appendages in dorsal and in lateral view.

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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1243 18/07/2012 12:17 Finska F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1244 07/08/2009 15:22 Italija F5.6 1/1600 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1447 27/07/2011 17:21 Finska F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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