Orthetrum trinacria (Long Skimmer)

Our second new species from Spain, 2013, at the Aula Natura de la Marjal de Gandia, and one that I first of all thought to be an Epaulet Skimmer, our first new Spanish species, even though the book says these are unmistakable – not by me, apparently.

I also initially thought that the third photo below might be an immature male but now I think it’s actually an older female, since they also develop some pruinosity. Very confusing! 😳

Id Notes

  • very wide, pale pterostigma
  • very long, slender abdomen, >50mm
  • ♂ – thorax black/slate grey on S4-S10
  • ♂ & older ♀ – darken with blue pruinosity
male female

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