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|Some examples of dragonfly species are: banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens), southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea), golden-ringed dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii), northern emerald (Somatochlora arctica), azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella), common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum), blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans), large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), willow emeral...|
...erald (Somatochlora arctica), azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella), common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum), blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans), large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), willow emerald damselfly (Lestes viridis), emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator), small red-eyed damselfly (Erythromma viridulum), black-lined skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), scarlet dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea), ruddy darter (Sympetrum sanguineum), common darter (Sympetrum striolatum), black darter (Sympetrum danae), four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) and downy emerald (Cordulia aenea).
|The scarlet dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea), or common scarlet-darter, is a species in the order dragonflies (Odonata), the suborder Epiprocta, the infraorder dragonflies (Anisoptera), the superfamily Libelluloidea, the family Libellulidae, and the genus Crocothemis. S...|
... or common scarlet-darter, is a species in the order dragonflies (Odonata), the suborder Epiprocta, the infraorder dragonflies (Anisoptera), the superfamily Libelluloidea, the family Libellulidae, and the genus Crocothemis. Subspecies of the scarlet dragonfly are Crocothemis erythraea chaldaeorum and Crocothemis erythraea erythraea.
|... are mostly elongated and plump. They are blue-grey, brown or yellow in color with yellow, orange or red spots. One can often determine from the coloring of the larvae what their coloring will be as adults. Some larvae are similar to those of the dragonfly.|
|Dragonflies (Odonata) are an order in the sub-class winged insects (Pterygota) in the class insects (Insecta). There are approximately 4700 species worldwide, around 85 of which are found in Europe.
Examples for dragonfly families ine Europe are: Calopterygidae, Platycnemididae, Coenagrionidae and Lestidae. |
|Dragonflies prefer to live near standing or flowing water. Many dragonfly species can be found in parks and gardens in areas inhabited by people. |
|Females are light brown, olive brown, olive green or ochre in colour. The basal spots on their hindwings are yellow or yellow-orange. The wingspan of the scarlet dragonfly is 55 - 70 mm. Between the wing approaches a light narrow dorsal line can be detected. The pterostigma is yellow or orange-yellow to brown. Scarlet dragonflies can easily be confused with some darter species, however, they are larger and have a flat...|
|Scarlet dragonflies prey on insects (flies, mosquitoes), or on spiders, which they catch while in flight. They have their own territory which they defend against rivals. The mating season of the scarlet dragonfly is from May to August in Central Europe, and from April to October in the Mediterranean. Mating begins within a few seconds of flight and is usually continued on the ground. |
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