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Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)

• English name: Yellow-Veined Skimmer
• German name: Gelbader-Blaupfeil
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Geeladeroeverlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Frecciazzurra del deserto
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)

Distribution map Orthetrum nitidinerve

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


General • a medium-sized species which in Europe occurs only in Italy and Iberia
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841)
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
  • about the same size as O. brunneum, with which it sometimes co-occurs
  • immature animals are beige-yellow, with white bands on the side of the thorax
Habitat • small ponds, but also tiny sunny streams
Dimensions • typical body length: 46-50 mm; hindwing: 31-38 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the eyes are brown-grey, not green
 Wings➤ some veins are (whitish) yellow; for details click or tap here
MaleHead• the face is a whitish pale blue
 Thorax• the thorax is entirely pruinescent light blue; the white bands on the side may still be visible
 Abdomen• the abdomen is entirely pruinescent light blue
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow-brown with white bands on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is yellow-brown with a black mid-dorsal line
  ➤ the lower edge of S8 does not bulge
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Sardinia and Andalusia

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's wings in dorsal view and the female's abdominal segments 7 - 10 in lateral view.

Orthetrum nitidinerve; front wing
Note: the costa is yellow from the node to the wing tip,
while the third vein is yellow from the wing base to the node.

Four Orthetrum species; abdominal segment 8, female
Note the bulging lower edge of S8 in coerulescens (top left), brunneum (top right)
and chrysostigma (bottom left), but not in nitidinerve (bottom right).

Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)
Male wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)
Female abdominal segments 7 - 10 in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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