Epitheca bimaculata (Two-spotted Dragonfly/Eurasian Baskettail)

On our spring 2011 trip to France we stopped by Le Loir at Luché-Pringé where I spotted this then completely unrecognized character cruising about above a patch of lilly pads. Rather dull brown and unremarkable, he only striking thing about it was that I knew I’d never seen the like before. Not only was it a hard-to-spot Eurasian Baskettail but it was somewhat out of range, being near Le Mans. Exciting stuff!

Id Notes

  • Dull brown in appearance
  • Dark patches on inner edge of hind wing (reminiscent of Chasers)
  • Dark, irregular top to abdomen

male

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