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Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi)

Observed: 12th May 2010 By: Rags

Medium sized brown dragonfly, Seen in southern Spain.

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This is definitely a male -

This is definitely a male - see terminal appendages - but I agree that it has to be S. flaveolum. Trithemis kirbyi is similar but does not, as far as I am aware, occur north of the Med.

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...and definitely Trithemis kirbyi

T. kirbyi was recorded on Sardinia in 2003, and was first recorded in southern Spain in 2008. It is now established in Spain and seems to be spreading further each year.

The ID can be confirmed as T. kirbyi, rather than S. flaveolum by a number of features:
1). 10.5 antenodal crossveins in the forewing (these can be counted on the right forewing) - Sympetrum species have no more than 8.5.
2). The extensive red veins in the wings.
3). The relatively broad abdomen.
4). The blue underside to the eyes (just about visible in the photo).

Rags's picture

Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi)

Thanks for your identifications. I have a photograph of another dragonfly taken in close proximity to this specimen. That has also been ID'd as Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi)which tends to add weight to the identification of Roy W.

Thanks for your help.