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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas)

• English name: Large Redeye
• German name: Grosses Granatauge
• French name: Naïade aux yeux rouges
• Dutch name: Grote roodoogjuffer
• Swedish name: Större rödögonflickslända
• Norwegian name: Rødøyevannymfe
• Finnish name: Isotytönkorento
• Danish name: Rødøjet vandnymfe
• Italian name: Occhirossi maggiore
• Czech name: šidélko rudoočko
• Slovenian name: Veliki rdečeokec
• Bulgarian name: Голямо стреличе

Large Redeye (Erythromma najas)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Erythromma najas

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


General • a fairly large species with red eyes which occurs mainly in central and northern Europe
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • noticeably larger than E. viridulum
Habitat • well-vegetated ponds and lakes, especially with floating vegetation
Dimensions • typical body length: 30-36 mm; hindwing: 19-24 mm
MaleHead• the eyes are bright red
 Thorax• the antehumeral stripe is absent
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is all black except for S1, S9 and S10, which are sky blue
  ➤ the sky-blue tail-light on S9 and S10 is uninterrupted
  ➤ the side of S2 and S8 are black
  • S1-S7 may be covered by a light pruinescence
FemaleHead• the eyes are brown/green
 Thorax➤ the antehumeral stripe is heavily reduced
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Austria, Finland and the Netherlands

Erythromma najas; abdomen, male
Note: By contrast, in E. viridulum the male's S8 is blue.

Erythromma najas; abdomen, male
Note: By contrast, in E. viridulum the male's S10 carries a black mark.

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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da414 17/06/2011 11:06 Austria F8 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da415 17/06/2011 11:44 Austria F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Da416 26/07/2012 10:35 Finland F8 1/30 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da417 26/06/2014 17:34 Austria F9.5 1/45 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Da418 21/06/2009 10:29 Austria F5.6 1/50 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♀

6 / 20; PhotoID: Da419 15/06/2018 11:06 Austria F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da420 13/05/2009 14:00 Germany F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da400 21/06/2009 10:45 Austria F5.6 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ⚤

9 / 20; PhotoID: Da469 05/05/2007 15:13 Netherlands F6.3 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♀

10 / 20; PhotoID: Da514 17/06/2011 12:14 Austria F9 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♀

11 / 20; PhotoID: Da515 20/06/2016 10:36 Sweden F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♀

12 / 20; PhotoID: Da516 25/06/2014 14:53 Austria F8 1/180 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: Da517 23/07/2018 11:29 Finland F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Da528 13/06/2007 09:02 Austria F5.6 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Da529 15/05/2014 16:25 France F8 1/30 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da530 13/06/2007 09:08 Austria F5.6 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Da531 26/06/2014 17:46 Austria F8 1/30 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Da532 28/04/2011 13:22 Netherlands F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Da533 17/06/2011 11:45 Austria F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da534 15/06/2018 11:13 Austria F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF