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Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens)

• English name: Splendid Cruiser
• German name: Europäischer Flussherrscher
• French name: Cordulie splendide
• Dutch name: Prachtlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
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Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens)

Distribution map Macromia splendens

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


General ➤ a very large, green-black-and-yellow species which occurs only in the South of France and in Iberia
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Corduliidae
Scientific name Macromia splendens (Pictet, 1843)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • animals in flight could be mistaken for a Cordulegaster species
  • males fly fast, straight and low over the water, searching the river banks for ovipositing females
Habitat • deep sections of rivers, but also large, river-fed reservoirs
Dimensions • typical body length: 70-75 mm; hindwing: 42-49 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green
  • the frons is yellow with two circular black markings on top
 Thorax➤ the thorax is metallic green with two wide yellow bands
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is black with yellow spots; S7 in particular bears a large yellow spot
 Legs• the all-black legs are remarkably long
MaleAbdomen• the abdomen is club-shaped, being at its widest at S8-S9
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Andalusia and Extremadura

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's wings and abdomen in dorsal view.

Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens)
Male wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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