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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)

• English name: Blue Chaser
• German name: Spitzenfleck
• French name: Libellule fauve
• Dutch name: Bruine korenbout
• Swedish name: Spetsfläckad trollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Sorjahukankorento
• Danish name: Spidsplettet libel
• Italian name: Libellula frontenera
• Czech name: vážka plavá
• Slovenian name: Črni ploščec
• Bulgarian name: Бродещо живениче

Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)

Distribution map Libellula fulva

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 Eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
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
  • in immature animals the eyes, face, thorax and abdomen are of a bright orange-brown colour
Habitat • reed-bordered lakes and canals
Dimensions • typical body length: 42-45 mm; hindwing: 32-38 mm
Both sexesWings➤ the hindwing bears a small dark patch at the base; the forewing bears a small dark bar at the base
  • the wing tip may bear a small dark spot
MaleHead• the eyes are blue-grey
  • the face is black
 Thorax• the thorax is uniformly dark brown
 Abdomen➤ from S3 to S7 the abdomen is covered by a light-blue pruinescence; S8-S10 are black
FemaleHead• the eyes are brown (but grey on top)
  • the face is brown
 Thorax• the thorax is uniformly brown
 Abdomen• the abdomen is (dark) brown, with a black mid-dorsal stripe
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Italy and the Netherlands

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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♀

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr211 23/05/2017 13:33 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr212 28/04/2011 11:53 Netherlands F8 1/30 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ⚤

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr225 19/05/2015 12:00 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr226 10/07/2013 15:41 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr227 10/07/2013 15:47 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr247 21/05/2007 11:03 Italy F11 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr248 11/07/2013 11:15 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Libellula fulva, thumbnail 8 / 20
Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr249 31/05/2011 11:53 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr250 25/07/2016 14:01 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ⚤

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr251 19/05/2009 13:06 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ⚤

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr256 19/05/2009 13:07 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr257 16/06/2014 10:23 Italy F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr258 13/04/2007 13:12 Italy F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♀

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr283 17/05/2010 11:22 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr284 23/06/2017 15:19 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♀

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr288 20/04/2009 12:57 Italy F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr385 01/05/2018 13:18 Netherlands F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♀

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr386 15/04/2009 12:51 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr391 14/07/2016 16:04 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr394 08/05/2010 12:39 Netherlands F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF