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Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata)

• Scientific name: Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)
• English name: Eurasian Baskettail
• German name: Zweifleck
• French name: Epithèque bimaculée
• Dutch name: Tweevlek
• Swedish name: Tvåfläckad trollslända
• Norwegian name: Toflekkøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Liitokorento
• Danish name: Toplettet falkelibel
• Italian name: Bimacchiata
• Czech name: lesklice velká
• Slovenian name: Nosna jezerka
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 55-65 mm
• Hindwing: 36-44 mm

Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata)

Distribution map

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

The Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) is the only species of its genus in Europe. It's essentially an Eastern European species with some scattered populations further West, e.g. in France, Germany and Scandinavia. It's a large dragonfly with peculiarly long legs and a dark patch at the base of the hind wing which gives the species its scientific name. The adult animals are said to be tireless fliers which only rarely perch. During a field trip to Germany in 2009 we managed to photograph only one emerging female. And although more exuviae (larval skins) had been found at our site, the adult imagos proved too elusive to find, let alone photograph. More recently, though, we did manage to photograph a few emergences from start to finish in the North of France in May 2010 (see e.g. Dr1328 - Dr1330 below) and some freshly emerged individuals in May 2013.

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1045 19/05/2013 14:17 France F8 1/20 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1046 12/05/2009 18:41 Germany F5.6 1/10 180mm ISO400 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1052 19/05/2013 13:34 France F8 1/8 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1053 19/05/2013 14:25 France F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1326 19/05/2013 14:07 France F8 1/8 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1327 09/05/2010 14:32 France F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1328 11/05/2012 10:34 Germany F8 1/30 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1329 09/05/2010 14:52 France F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1330 11/05/2012 10:37 Germany F8 1/30 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1331 20/05/2013 10:54 France F8 1/30 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1332 09/05/2010 16:18 France F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1333 20/05/2013 15:27 France F8 1/30 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1334 09/05/2010 16:39 France F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1335 09/05/2010 16:53 France F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1336 10/05/2010 12:59 France F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1337 20/05/2013 15:32 France F8 1/20 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1338 20/05/2013 11:09 France F8 1/30 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1339 10/05/2010 14:15 France F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1340 10/05/2010 14:29 France F8 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1341 10/05/2010 14:55 France F8 1/60 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF