Crocothemis erythraea

UK: Broad Scarlet
DE: Feuerlibelle
FR: Crocothemis ecarlate
NL: Vuurlibel
Crocothemis erythraea - Female
Crocothemis erythraea - Immature Female
Crocothemis erythraea - Male
Crocothemis erythraea - Immature Male

Leucorrhinia dubia

UK: 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 pectoralis

UK: Large White Faced Darter
DE: Große Moosjungfer
FR: Leucorrhine a gros thorax
NL: Gevlekte witsnuitlibel

Leucorrhinia pectoralis - Male

Leucorrhinia rubicunda

UK: Northern White Faced Darter
DE: Nordische Moosjungfer
FR: Leucorrhine rubiconde
NL: Noordse witsnuitlibel
Leucorrhinia rubicunda - Female
Leucorrhinia rubicunda - Male

Libellula depressa

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 fulva

UK: Blue Chaser
DE: Spitzenfleck
FR: Libellule fauve
NL: Bruine korenbout
Libellula fulva - Female
Libellula fulva - Male

Libellula quadrimaculata

US: 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 albistylum

UK: 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 brunneum

UK: 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 cancellatum

UK: 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 coerulescens

UK: 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 danae

UK: 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 flaveolum

UK: 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 pedemontanum

UK: The Banded Darter
DE: Gebänderte Heidelibelle
FR: Libellule rouge d'Ardèche
NL: Bandheidelibel

Sympetrum pedemontanum - Female

Sympetrum pedemontanum - Male

Sympetrum sanguineum

UK: 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 vulgatum

UK: Moustached Darter
DE: Gemeine Heidelibelle
FR: Sympétrum vulgaire
NL: Steenrode heidelibel

Sympetrum vulgatum - Female