Orthetrum coerulescens Fabricius, 1798 ♂
Common names: Keeled Skimmer [En], Orthétrum bleuissant [Fr], Beekoeverlibel [Nl], Kleiner blaupfeil [De]
Küçükbahçe, İZMİR ● Turkey
Description: Females and immature males lack the black abdominal pattern. The pterostigma is orange and the thorax usually bears pale stripes. Its eyes are blue-grey. It breeds mainly in peat bogs and flies (in the UK) from June to September.
This dragonfly is quite rare, but locally common.
Key identification features
- mature male has a pale blue abdomen which lacks a black tip.
- females are pale brown with yellow tinted wings
- thorax in both sexes with broad creamy antehumeral stripes
- pterostigma are long and yellow
- a few divided cells on the wings below the pterostigma (max 3-4). If more, it is a O. brunneum.
Biology: Its flight is quite skittish, with frequent hovering, and it lands often. It can fly quite a distance from water, despite its seemingly weak flight. When it perches, the wings are held forward.
Habitat: Its typical habitat is acidic heath land, where it is often seen alongside Golden-Ringed Dragonflies.
Distribution: Europe (except Northern Scandinavia), Western Asia, Northern Africa.