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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)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

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
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
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 • most 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
Libellula fulva, thumbnail 7 / 20
Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr248 31/05/2019 16:47 Turkey F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -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 26/06/2018 09:27 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -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 04/06/2019 12:41 Turkey F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 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