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Eastern Spectre (Caliaeschna microstigma)

• English name: Eastern Spectre
• German name: Schattenlibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Schaduwlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Bledi vetrnjak
• Bulgarian name: Речен пъстролет

Eastern Spectre (Caliaeschna microstigma)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Caliaeschna microstigma

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


General ➤ the smallest of our aeshnid species, which occurs only in south-eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Near Threatened
Scientific name Caliaeschna microstigma (Schneider, 1845)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • males zigzag low over the water, meticulously checking every nook and cranny in the river bank for ovipositing females
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • streams and rivers with plants and trees whose roots are directly over the water
Dimensions • typical body length: 50-60 mm; hindwing: 35-41 mm
Both sexesHead• the top of the frons (white in mature males; yellow in females and immature males) bears a bold black bar
 Thorax• the side of the thorax is brown, with two large pale bands
 Wings➤ the pterostigma is dark and very short
MaleThorax➤ the top of the thorax is brown, with a light-blue, boomerang-shaped antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is black, with light-blue spots
FemaleThorax• the top of the thorax is brown, with a yellow antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is brown, with small yellow spots
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made on the Peloponnese in 2010 and 2015

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's wings in dorsal view.

Eastern Spectre (Caliaeschna microstigma)
Female wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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