Orthetrum trinacria (Long Skimmer)
Our second new species from Spain, 2013, at the 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.
An Afrotropical species with a rather limited range in our theatre, being found in parts of Spain, Sardinia and Sicily (with, perhaps, a record on the toe of Italy). An aggressive species that appears to be fond of munching other odonata.
- very wide, pale pterostigma
- very long, slender abdomen, >50mm
- ♂ – thorax black/slate grey on S4-S10
- ♂ & older ♀ – darken with blue pruinosity