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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata)

• English name: Four-Spotted Chaser
• German name: Vierfleck
• French name: Libellule quadrimaculée
• Dutch name: Viervlek
• Swedish name: Fyrfläckad trollslända
• Norwegian name: Firflekklibelle
• Finnish name: Ruskohukankorento
• Danish name: Fireplettet libel
• Italian name: Libellula quadrimacchiata
• Czech name: vážka čtyřskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Lisasti ploščec
• Bulgarian name: Кафяво живениче

Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Libellula quadrimaculata

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 northern Europe; rarer in the south
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
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
Habitat • all types of still waters
Dimensions • typical body length: 40-48 mm; hindwing: 32-40 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are brown
 Thorax• the thorax is brown with bold black lines on the side but without an antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• dorsally S1-S6 are variable in colour: from light, orange-brown to dark brown; S7-S10 are black
  • S2-S9 bear (bright) yellow spots laterally
  ➤ the abdomen is tapered in shape
 Wings➤ the hindwing bears a large dark patch at the base
  ➤ the node bears a small dark spot
  • in the form praenubila there are large dark patches at the node and the pterostigma
Photographs • our photos below were made in many different countries; at our favourite sites here in Tuscany the species appears to have become even rarer than before

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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr388 16/08/2016 10:49 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr389 13/06/2011 17:58 Germany F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr390 14/06/2011 10:03 Germany F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr395 05/05/2010 11:39 Netherlands F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr396 20/06/2016 09:56 Sweden F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr397 03/05/2018 10:36 Netherlands F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr398 22/07/2010 12:50 Finland F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr399 27/04/2008 14:43 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr400 27/04/2008 14:47 Italy F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata f. praenubila) ♀

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr401 31/05/2011 13:09 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr402 22/07/2017 09:05 Finland F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr406 03/05/2018 12:03 Netherlands F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr418 03/05/2018 12:11 Netherlands F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata f. praenubila) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr496 16/05/2007 13:34 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr501 03/05/2018 13:04 Netherlands F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr502 22/07/2017 09:17 Finland F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr503 11/05/2010 14:01 Germany F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr504 20/06/2016 09:58 Sweden F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr505 14/05/2013 14:45 Netherlands F8 1/90 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Libellule quadrimaculée (Libellula quadrimaculata) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr506 04/05/2018 13:40 Netherlands F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF