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Libélula Erythromma viridulum

Diputación de Málaga
Erythromma viridulum

Libélula Erythromma viridulum

When to see them
Safe appearance Probable appearance
Animal Life > Dragonflies


Length: From 26 to 32 mm.
Hindwing spam: From 16 to 20 mm.
Male: 1. The upper part of the eyes is red. 2. Thorax is black at the top and blue on the sides. There is sometimes an antehumeral golden stretch. 3. S1, S2 and S3 have black upper part and blue sides. 4. S4, S5, S6 and S7 are black. 5. S8 is black at the top. S9 is blue and S10 is blue with a black letter X. 6. Pterostigma is light with the shape of a trapezoid.
Female: It can be bluish or greeny. 7. Eyes are green on the underside and reddish on top. 8. The upper part of the thorax is black with two black lines on the sides, which are bluish or greeny. 9. Black abdomen at the top and bluish and yellowish on the underside.



It is more common in open bodies of water, which are sunny with lush emergent water plant life. Endorheic lakes, reservoirs, artificial pools, gravel pits and deserted quarries are some of the places where this species reproduces in Málaga.


Way of life

Their flight is weak, but it often rests away from the riverbank, on the emergent or floating plants in water. When at rest, the male usually bends the last segments upwards. The male and the female lay eggs in tandem on the emergent plants. The female can dive in order to lay the eggs in the water.


When to see this species

In the province of Málaga, this species can be seen from March to October, above all, in May or September.


Where to see this species

It is rare and lives in a limited area in the province, above all, in endorheic lakes in the north and La Hoya de Málaga, a hollow. It has not been spotted along the Great Málaga Path, but it might exist on the stages that go through wetlands, such as Fuente de Laguna lakes and Campillos Lake (stages 18 and 19), as well as the mouth of Guadalhorce (35).


Similar species

Its bluish and greeny body and red eyes make it unique.


Conservation status

The species is not endangered nor is it particularly protected by the current environmental law.