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Keeled Skimmer; Libélula Azul

Orthetrum coerulescens


This species resembles the Black-tailed Skimmer but is slimmer and the male has no black tip. Females and immature males lack the black abdominal pattern. The pterostigma is orange and the thorax usually bears pale stripes. It breeds mainly in peat bogs and flies from June to September. This dragonfly is common in central and southern Europe. I Its flight is quite skittish, with frequent hovering, and it lands often. It can fly quite a distance from water, despite its seemingly weak flight. When it perches, the wings are held forward.


Deciduous trees and eucaliptus forest. Reserva de la Biosfera del Río Eo


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.; f/8; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired

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San Tirso de Abres, Principado de Asturias, Spain

Lat: 43.41, Long: -7.15

Spotted on Aug 28, 2014
Submitted on Dec 3, 2014

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