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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)

• English name: Small Redeye
• German name: Kleines Granatauge
• French name: Naïade au corps vert
• Dutch name: Kleine roodoogjuffer
• Swedish name: Mindre rödögonflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Allikkotytönkorento
• Danish name: Lille rødøjet vandnymfe
• Italian name: Occhirossi minore
• Czech name: šidélko znamenané
• Slovenian name: Mali rdečeokec
• Bulgarian name: Малко стреличе

Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Erythromma viridulum

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


General • a small species with red eyes which occurs in southern and central Europe and which has been expanding its range northwards
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • noticeably smaller than E. najas
Habitat • lakes and ponds with mats of floating vegetation
Dimensions • typical body length: 26-32 mm; hindwing: 16-20 mm
MaleHead• the eyes are bright red
 Thorax• the antehumeral stripe is bronze-green
 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 interrupted by a black x-shaped mark on S10
  ➤ the side of S2 and S8 are sky blue
FemaleHead• the eyes are brown/green
 Thorax➤ the antehumeral stripe is usually complete
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany

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

Erythromma viridulum; abdomen, male
Note: By contrast, in E. najas the male's S10 is blue, without a black mark.

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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da139 28/05/2007 15:41 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ⚤

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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da141 12/08/2010 14:55 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ⚤

5 / 20; PhotoID: Da142 03/06/2012 15:49 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ⚤

6 / 20; PhotoID: Da177 28/05/2016 12:28 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da178 17/06/2017 14:26 Italy F8 1/40 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da179 09/09/2009 12:31 Italy F5.6 1/80 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Da180 21/09/2014 10:29 Spain F8 1/20 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Da181 10/09/2009 10:36 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ⚤

11 / 20; PhotoID: Da182 03/06/2012 15:49 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Da198 10/09/2009 12:02 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ⚤

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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da202 30/05/2007 09:55 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♀

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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Da216 09/08/2011 13:30 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ♂

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Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) ⚤

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