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Libélula Erythromma lindenii

Diputación de Málaga
ConoceNatura-Erythromma lindenii

Libélula Erythromma lindenii

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


Length: From 30 to 36 mm.
Hindwing spam: From 19 to 21 mm.
Male: 1. The upper part of the eyes is black with two small blue spots, which can also be missing. 2. Thorax is black at the top and blue on the sides. 3. Black spots in the shape of a trophy cup on S1 and S2. 4. There are black spots from S3 to S6, which vary in size. They are wide at the base and thin at the end. 5. Black spots from S7 to S8 all over the upper part. 6. S9 is completely blue and S10 is half blue with a marking in the shape on a X, which stretches to the anal appendages. 7. Pterostigma is long and light.
Female: It can be yellowish or bluish with yellow eyes (8); the abdomen is thicker (9), and the egg-laying organ at the end of it.



In Málaga, they live in wide pools and around river and stream dams. They can often be seen in forests and among aquatic and shore plants, such as rushes and bulrushes. They also live in endorheic lakes, artificial ponds, gravel pits and deserted quarries.


Way of life

The male flies tirelessly above the water, and sometimes rests on emergent or river shore plants in diagonal position with closed or half-closed wings. The female can hardly be seen during mating. She mates in tandem with the male on emergent plants, and she sometimes dives into the water to lay eggs.


When to see this species

In the province of Málaga, it can be mostly seen from May to September, but it can fly from February to October.


Where to see this species

It is spread all over the county. As for the Great Málaga Path, it can be seen on stages 18 and 19, as they go pass Campillos lakes; stages 22 and 23 at the river Turón, and on 22 and 27 where the tributaries of the rivers Guadiaro and Genal are. There can be plenty of them at certain spots on stage 23. It might also exist along many other routes.


Similar species

Genera Enallagma and Coenagrion.


Conservation status

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