Crocothemis erythraeaUK: Broad Scarlet DE: Feuerlibelle FR: Crocothemis ecarlate NL: Vuurlibel Crocothemis erythraea - Female Crocothemis erythraea - Immature Female Crocothemis erythraea - Male Crocothemis erythraea - Immature Male
Leucorrhinia dubiaUK: Small White Faced Darter DE: Kleine Moosjungfer FR: Leucorrhine douteuse NL: Venwitsnuitlibel
Leucorrhinia dubia - Female
Leucorrhinia dubia - Female (Andromorph) (
This series shows rare images of a female L. dubia that has the colouration of a male (andromorph).
Leucorrhinia dubia - Male
Leucorrhinia pectoralisUK: Large White Faced Darter DE: Große Moosjungfer FR: Leucorrhine a gros thorax NL: Gevlekte witsnuitlibel
Leucorrhinia pectoralis - Male
Leucorrhinia rubicundaUK: Northern White Faced Darter DE: Nordische Moosjungfer FR: Leucorrhine rubiconde NL: Noordse witsnuitlibel Leucorrhinia rubicunda - Female Leucorrhinia rubicunda - Male
May 2012 Update: According to Wikipedia there is current DNA analysis that could result that this dragonfly species will be placed with the genus Ladona.UK: Broad Bodied Chaser DE: Plattbauch FR: Libellule deprimee NL: Platbuik Libellula depressa - Female Libellula depressa - Male Libellula depressa - Teneral Male New 2012 The dragonfly images below show a newly emerged adult male L. depressa without the blue coloration that is so typical for the adult males of this species. At this stage the teneral male closely resemblance the female counterpart of this dragonfly species shown on this page.
Libellula fulvaUK: Blue Chaser DE: Spitzenfleck FR: Libellule fauve NL: Bruine korenbout Libellula fulva - Female Libellula fulva - Male
Libellula quadrimaculataUS: Four-spotted Skimmer UK: Four-spotted Chaser DE: Vierfleck FR: Libellule à quatre taches NL: Viervlek
L. quadrimaculata is a family of dragonflies that can be found in a vast region ranging from Asia, Europe all the way to the U.S.
Libellula quadrimaculata - Female
Libellula quadrimaculata - Male
Libellula quadrimaculata - Male exuviae
Libellula quadrimaculata dragonfly emergence
Libellula quadrimaculata praenubila
The L. quadrimaculata praenubila is a variant form of the L. quadrimaculata dragonflies. The main difference is the elongated spot on each wing. L. fulva is another dragonflies species that also has adults with and without the "smokey spot" effect on its wings.
Libellula quadrimaculata praenubila - Female
Libellula quadrimaculata praenubila - Male
Orthetrum albistylumUK: White-Tailed Skimmer DE: Östlicher Blaupfeil FR: Orthétrum à stylets blancs NL: Witpuntoeverlibel
The O. albistrylum I have photographed thus far were not directly located nearby water but rather on the edges of these fields. Other dragonflies that were photographed in the same area were G. vulgatissimus, O. cancellatum and A. affinis.
Orthetrum albistrylum - Female
Orthetrum albistrylum - Male
Orthetrum brunneumUK: Brown Skimmer DE: Südlicher Blaupfeil FR: L'Orthétrum brun NL: Zuidelijke oeverlibel
I was fortunate to encounter two minute popultaions of O. brunneum in Vienna Austria. These populations consisted of no more than three individuals per location.
Female O. brunneum have these interesting white eyes, they really come out well in the last picture.
Orthetrum brunneum - Female
Orthetrum brunneum - Male
Photographing dragonflies that are resting on a natural stone underground is one of my favorite themes, as you can also tell from my other series.
Orthetrum brunneum - Immature Male
Orthetrum cancellatumUK: Black-tailed Skimmer DE: Großer Blaupfeil FR: Orthétrum réticulé NL: Gewone oeverlibel
O. cancellatum is a common dragonfly species for most parts of Europe and it makes an excellent starting point when researching dragonflies. They are present throughout the entire dragonfly season (April - October) and carry many of the typical lifecycle characteristics present in many dragonflies.
The images below also include an example of what could be an andromorph female (female that has coloration typical for adult male). Females are normally turn brownish as the get older but this sample clearly has blue not brown.
There is also one picture that shows an O. cancellatum cooling down in the shade, you know it's hot outside when the dragonflies start to look for shade! (summer of 2003).
Orthetrum cancellatum - Just emerged female
Orthetrum cancellatum - Female
Orthetrum cancellatum - Older female
Orthetrum cancellatum - Andromorph female
Orthetrum cancellatum - Immature male
Note how the coloration of immature males resembles the coloration of the females.
Orthetrum cancellatum - Male
Orthetrum coerulescensUK: Keeled Skimmer DE: Kleiner Blaupfeil FR: Orthétrum bleuissant NL: Beekoeverlibel
This was a very rare occurrence in Vienna, Austria. I found this sort of dragonfly to be easily startled. There were strong wind gusts as I took the pictures so the overall result is not so good. Perhaps I will have more luck next time.
Orthetrum coerulescens - Male
Sympetrum danaeUK: Black Darter DE: Schwarze Heidelibelle FR: Sympétrum noir NL: Zwarte heidelibel
There is only one location in Germany where I have located a large population of S. danae. One of the most interesting facts about S. danae is that it also occurs in the United States (for example New Jersey). In the U.S. the S. danae is known as the Black Meadowhawk.
Sympetrum danae - Female
Sympetrum danae - Male
Sympetrum danae - Emergence and Exuviae
Sympetrum flaveolumUK: Yellow-winged Darter DE: Gefleckte Heidelibelle FR: Le Sympétrum jaune NL: Geelvlekheidelibel Part of this session is just perfect, it just shows S. flaveolum from its best side. This is a dragonfly you don't encounter every day let alone a female.
Sympetrum flaveolum - Female
Sympetrum pedemontanumUK: The Banded Darter DE: Gebänderte Heidelibelle FR: Libellule rouge d'Ardèche NL: Bandheidelibel
Sympetrum pedemontanum - Female
Sympetrum pedemontanum - Male
Sympetrum sanguineumUK: Ruddy Darter DE: Blutrote Heidelibelle FR: Sympétrum rouge-sang NL: Bloedrode heidelibel All pictures taken in Hesse Germany and Vienna Austria.
Sympetrum sanguineum - Female
Sympetrum sanguineum - Male
Sympetrum sanguineum - Immature Male
Sympetrum sanguineum - Tandem
Sympetrum vulgatumUK: Moustached Darter DE: Gemeine Heidelibelle FR: Sympétrum vulgaire NL: Steenrode heidelibel
Sympetrum vulgatum - Female