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Black-tailed skimmer

Orthetrum cancellatum


The black-tailed skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum, is a dragonfly of Europe and Asia. It occurs nearly all of Europe except northern UK and Scandinavia; to the east, the range extends to Kashmir and Mongolia.


This dragonfly is found at any open water with bare patches along the shore where the patrolling males frequently rest in the sun. Also near slow-flowing waters. Favors lakes, slow rivers, ponds and sometimes marshy area, without dense riparian vegetation. Females are less bold and not encountered as regularly. Adults prefer to perch on bare ground and rocks.

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Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Πελοποννήσου, Δυτικής Ελλάδας και Ιονίου, Greece

Lat: 38.28, Long: 20.43

Spotted on Jul 23, 2016
Submitted on Dec 28, 2016

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