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Leucorrhinia albifrons

• English name: Dark Whiteface
• German name: Östliche Moosjungfer
• French name: Leucorrhine à front blanc
• Dutch name: Oostelijke witsnuitlibel
• Swedish name: Pudrad kärrtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Grå torvlibelle
• Finnish name: Sirolampikorento
• Danish name: Østlig kærguldsmed
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: vážka běloústá
• Slovenian name: Ozibni spreletavec
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Leucorrhinia albifrons

Distribution map Leucorrhinia albifrons

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


General • a medium-sized species of (Central and) North-Eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839)
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
Habitat • bogs, ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 33-39 mm; hindwing: 23-28 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the face is white
  • the eyes are grey-brown
 Abdomen➤ the appendages are white
  ➤ the abdomen is only slightly club-shaped
 Wings• the hindwing bears a small dark patch at the base
  ➤ the pterostigma is black
MaleThorax• the thorax is dark brown (in immature males: black with a yellow antehumeral stripe and yellow spots on the side)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black with a whitish pruinescence on S3-S5 (in immature males: black with yellow spots on S3-S5)
FemaleThorax• the thorax is dark with a yellow antehumeral stripe and yellow spots on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black with yellow spots, mainly on S3-S5
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Sweden and Finland

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

L. albifrons (top) and L. caudalis (bottom); pterostigma
In albifrons the pterostigma is black on top and underneath.
In caudalis it is white on top but often looks dark underneath.

Leucorrhinia albifrons (1, 2) and L. caudalis (3, 4); abdomen
In L. albifrons the male (1) and female (2) abdomen are only slightly club-shaped.
In L. caudalis both the male (3) and female (4) abdomen are clearly club-shaped.

Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons)
Female abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Leucorrhinia albifrons

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Leucorrhinia albifrons

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr901 20/07/2017 16:33 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Leucorrhinia albifrons

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Leucorrhinia albifrons

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Leucorrhinia albifrons

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Leucorrhinia albifrons

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr905 02/07/2008 16:58 Finland F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Leucorrhinia albifrons

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Leucorrhinia albifrons

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Leucorrhinia albifrons

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr913 05/07/2008 08:24 Finland F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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