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Orange Featherleg (Platycnemis acutipennis)

• Scientific name: Platycnemis acutipennis Selys, 1841
• English name: Orange Featherleg
• German name: Orange Federlibelle
• French name: Agrion orangé
• Dutch name: Oranje breedscheenjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
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• Typical length: 34-37 mm
• Hindwing: 18-19 mm

Orange Featherleg (Platycnemis acutipennis)

Distribution map

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

Unlike its common and widespread stablemate Platycnemis pennipes, the Orange Featherleg has a very limited distribution, occurring only in parts of France and Iberia, where it lives in reasonably fast-flowing rivers and streams. The male Platycnemis acutipennis must surely rank among Europe's prettiest damselflies, with its orange abdomen and light-blue eyes. The female too has a (pale) orange abdomen but her eyes are greyish. Both males and females have double antehumeral stripes. Size-wise P. acutipennis is maybe a touch daintier than pennipes. We made our photographs of this species during field trips to the Ardèche in the South of France and to Spain.

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Da621 05/07/2011 14:21 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
2 / 20; PhotoID: Da622 15/06/2008 10:51 France F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO400 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
3 / 20; PhotoID: Da623 07/06/2010 10:42 Spain F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
4 / 20; PhotoID: Da624 15/06/2008 11:34 France F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
5 / 20; PhotoID: Da625 11/06/2015 12:53 Spain F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
6 / 20; PhotoID: Da626 15/06/2008 11:42 France F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
7 / 20; PhotoID: Da628 15/06/2008 15:22 France F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
8 / 20; PhotoID: Da629 15/06/2008 16:08 France F5.6 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
9 / 20; PhotoID: Da643 17/06/2008 17:26 France F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
10 / 20; PhotoID: Da644 18/06/2008 09:56 France F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
11 / 20; PhotoID: Da647 07/06/2010 09:53 Spain F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
12 / 20; PhotoID: Da648 12/06/2012 13:53 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
13 / 20; PhotoID: Da649 14/06/2012 13:33 Spain F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
14 / 20; PhotoID: Da650 18/06/2008 17:00 France F8 1/45 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
15 / 20; PhotoID: Da651 11/06/2015 13:10 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
16 / 20; PhotoID: Da652 13/06/2015 11:06 Spain F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
17 / 20; PhotoID: Da653 07/06/2010 10:44 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
18 / 20; PhotoID: Da654 19/06/2008 12:11 France F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
19 / 20; PhotoID: Da657 19/06/2008 17:02 France F5.6 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
20 / 20; PhotoID: Da658 14/06/2012 15:34 Spain F10 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF