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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra)

• English name: Black Pennant
• German name: Schwarzer Baron
• French name: Sélysiothémis noir
• Dutch name: Windvaantje
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Freccianera
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Temni slaniščar
• Bulgarian name: Черно стъклениче

Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra)

Distribution map Selysiothemis nigra

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


General • a very small species which in Europe occurs only in the South(-East)
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825)
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
  • immature males are coloured like females
Habitat • shallow lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 30-38 mm; hindwing: 24-27 mm
Both sexesAbdomen• the appendages are black
 Wings➤ there is no coloured patch at the base of the wing
  ➤ the pterostigma is pale with a black border at the top and bottom
MaleThorax• the thorax is brown-black
 Abdomen• the abdomen is all black
FemaleThorax• the thorax is beige-brown with thick black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is beige-brown with extensive black markings; S8-S9 are mostly black
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's wings in dorsal view.

Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra)
Female wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♀

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♀

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♀

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♀

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♀

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♀

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♀

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♂

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ⚤

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Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) ♀

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