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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa)

• English name: Red-Veined Dropwing
• German name: Rotader-Sonnenzeiger
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Rode zonnewijzer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015
Distribution map Trithemis arteriosa

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


General ➤ a small species which in Europe occurs only on the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Crete and, more recently, the island of Samos
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Not Evaluated
Scientific name Trithemis arteriosa (Burmeister, 1839)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Habitat • small streams but also shallow lakes and swimming pools (!)
Dimensions • typical body length: 32-38 mm; hindwing: 23-30 mm
Notes • libellulids are 'sitters': males spend a lot of time perched at the water's edge, waiting for females
  Trithemis species tend to perch with their wings folded forward
  • immature males are coloured like females
Both sexesWings• the forewing and hindwing bear an orange patch at the base
MaleHead• the frons is red
 Thorax• the thorax is completely (purplish) red
 Abdomen➤ the slim abdomen is red with black markings laterally and, on S8-S10, also dorsally
 Wings➤ the veins are red
FemaleThorax• the thorax is whitish with thick black lines on the side
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is brown-yellow with large black spots on S1-S7, while S8-S9 are black with pairs of small yellow spots; the side of the abdomen bears extensive black markings
Photographs • all of our photos below were made on the Canary Islands and Cyprus

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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1701 06/06/2014 18:25 Spain F9.5 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1702 06/06/2014 18:38 Spain F9.5 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1703 22/05/2016 09:30 Cyprus F8 1/1000 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1704 07/06/2014 13:21 Spain F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♀

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1705 07/06/2014 13:24 Spain F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1706 27/05/2014 15:04 Spain F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♀

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1707 31/05/2014 13:51 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1708 31/05/2014 13:59 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♀

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1709 31/05/2014 14:47 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1710 22/05/2016 09:35 Cyprus F8 1/1000 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1711 31/05/2014 16:07 Spain F8 1/180 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♀

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1712 31/05/2014 16:18 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1713 31/05/2014 16:33 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1714 01/06/2014 12:41 Spain F11 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1715 01/06/2014 14:22 Spain F9.5 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1716 14/05/2016 14:27 Cyprus F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1717 01/06/2014 15:03 Spain F9.5 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1718 01/06/2014 15:30 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1719 05/06/2014 18:48 Spain F9.5 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Red-Veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1720 05/06/2014 19:13 Spain F9.5 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF