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Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis)

• Scientific name: Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840)
• English name: Lilypad Whiteface
• German name: Zierliche Moosjungfer
• French name: Leucorrhine à large queue
• Dutch name: Sierlijke witsnuitlibel
• Swedish name: Bred kärrtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Vannlilje-torvlibelle
• Finnish name: Lummelampikorento
• Danish name: Åkande kærguldsmed
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: vážka široká
• Slovenian name: Mrtvični spreletavec
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 33-37 mm
• Hindwing: 29-32 mm

Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis)

Distribution map

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

The five European species of Whitefaces (genus: Leucorrhinia) can be divided into two groups: those whose males are black and red and whose appendages are black, and those whose males are black (albeit partially covered with a whitish pruinescence) and whose appendages are white. The females and young males are always black and yellow and their appendages too are either black or white depending on the species. All five species have a largely North-Eastern European distribution, with the Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) perhaps venturing furthest South. Males of the Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) do indeed seem to have the habit of sitting almost exclusively on lily pads; only rarely did we see them coming ashore. By contrast the females seldom seem to come to the water and - at least in our experience - are therefore not easily observed; they probably rest and feed well away from the water. The species' main distinguishing features include its white appendages, its white pterostigma, and the broadened abdomen which gives it its scientific name. [Update: During a field trip to the south of Germany in June 2014 we finally managed to find a few males perching on waterside vegetation rather than on lilypads. Most of the photographs below are now of those males.]

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

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