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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.


Spotted at a small brook close to the coast


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/640 sec.; f/13; ISO Speed Rating: 400. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired

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Castropol, Principado de Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 19, 2013
Submitted on Nov 7, 2013

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