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Long Skimmer

Orthetrum trinacia


Blue eyes, yellow thorax and abdomen with blue tip. Could be newly emerged and not yet changed to adult colour.


Canal by agricultural land.

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John Curd
John Curd 7 years ago
Long Skimmer
Orthetrum trinacia Long Skimmer: 20 Photos

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Thanks John, I have updated this page.
Book says they appeared in Spain about 1980 so not surprising that they are spreading slowly north.

Just found another copy of this book someone had sent to me a while back. Perhaps the new one will go to the grandchildren if they generate an interest. One has already posted a butterfly on our worldwide page (facebook - )

John Curd
John Curd 7 years ago

Well done, Malcolm, I think you're right; this is a maturing male that is yet to develop its expected colour. Such males often resemble the female.

When your book arrives, this species is not shown in your area but worry not, I have seen mature males in the marsh at Gandia.

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Sep 2, 2014
Submitted on Dec 6, 2014

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