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« on: November 17, 2013, 09:23:21 pm »

Orthetrum chrysostigma takes its scientific name from the golden colour of its pterostigma; in the field perhaps not the most readily identifiable feature. More importantly, the male's abdomen is slightly waisted, which it never is in similar-looking species like O. brunneum and O. coerulescens. Males and females also have a whitish patch on the side of the thorax, which gives the species its common name (although this patch may become less prominent with age), and females tend to have a pink hue to the side of their thorax and abdomen. As for habitat, the species seem to prefer the still or slow-flowing, quiet backwaters of large rivers, where the males perch (typically on sandy ground) and wait for the females to come to the water. The Epaulet Skimmer is essentially an African species which in Europe only occurs in the extreme South-West and South-East.


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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 06:24:46 pm »

Here is a female showing clearly the white "Epaulet" on her shoulder.

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