Orthetrum chrysostigma Burmeister, 1839 ♂
Common names: Epaulet Skimmer [En], Orthétrum à ptérostigmas jaunes, Orthétrum de Barbarie [Fr], Epauletoeverlibel [Nl], Rahmstreif-Blaupfeil [De]
Kayalar, Girne/Kyrenia ● Cyprus
IUCN Conservation Status: LC (Least Concern)
Description: Orthetrum chrysostigma takes its scientific name from a small yellow patch at the base of its hindwing, which in the field is not the most readily identifiable feature. More importantly, the male's abdomen is slightly waisted, which it never is in similar-looking species like O. brunneum and O. coerulescens.
Habitat: The species' preferred habitat are the still or slow-flowing, quiet backwaters of large rivers, where the males perch (typically on sandy ground) and wait for the females to come to the water.
Distribution: Widespread in continental Africa except dense forest, South-West (Spain, Portugal) and South-East (Southern Greece, Malta, Cyprus) Europe, Middle East, and Southern Asia.
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