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Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)

• Scientific name: Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
• English name: Southern Skimmer
• German name: Südlicher Blaupfeil
• French name: Orthétrum brun
• Dutch name: Zuidelijke oeverlibel
• Swedish name: Blåpannad sjötrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Frecciazzurra celeste
• Czech name: vážka hnědoskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Sinji modrač
• Bulgarian name: Речно синилниче
• Typical length: 41-49 mm
• Hindwing: 33-37 mm

Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)

Distribution map

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

The Southern Skimmer is quite a common species in Central and Southern Europe, but it's largely absent from the North of Europe. It's a medium-sized dragonfly which prefers small, sunny streams. The male Orthetrum brunneum is entirely pruinescent light blue, both on the thorax and the abdomen. His face is a whitish pale blue. The females are most easily recognised by their golden brown thorax and abdomen, the light whitish patches on the side of their thorax, and the comparatively short pterostigma.

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

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