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White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes)

• Scientific name: Platycnemis latipes Rambur, 1842
• English name: White Featherleg
• German name: Weisse Federlibelle
• French name: Agrion blanchâtre
• Dutch name: Witte breedscheenjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
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• Typical length: 33-37 mm
• Hindwing: 18-22 mm

White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes)

Distribution map

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

The third in the trio of European Featherlegs, Platycnemis latipes is endemic to the South-West of France and Iberia. It's similar in size to its sibling species P. pennipes and P. acutipennis. The White Featherleg's most distinguishing feature is the width of the male's shins; his hind legs especially have very wide and very white tibiae which he flashes during flight, presumably to impress females and rival males. The females are somewhat nondescript with their white (or beige) and largely unmarked abdomen. Both males and females have double antehumeral stripes. 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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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da665 04/07/2011 09:52 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
7 / 20; PhotoID: Da666 08/06/2015 14:29 Spain F10 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
8 / 20; PhotoID: Da667 25/09/2008 13:16 Spain F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
9 / 20; PhotoID: Da668 20/06/2008 13:03 France F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
10 / 20; PhotoID: Da670 08/06/2015 13:21 Spain F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
11 / 20; PhotoID: Da671 19/08/2010 15:58 Spain F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
12 / 20; PhotoID: Da672 26/07/2009 11:50 Spain F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
13 / 20; PhotoID: Da673 19/08/2010 17:05 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Da676 25/09/2008 13:53 Spain F5.6 1/1000 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
17 / 20; PhotoID: Da677 08/06/2015 13:42 Spain F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
18 / 20; PhotoID: Da735 08/07/2011 10:53 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
19 / 20; PhotoID: Da736 25/06/2012 10:07 Spain F10 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
20 / 20; PhotoID: Da738 09/07/2011 16:57 Spain F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF