Black Darter VS Selysiothemis nigra

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Here are the two smallest black anisopterae that can be found in Europe. Selysiothemis nigra is totally absent on French territory contrary to the Black darter. Voici lesdeux petits anisoptères noirs que nous pouvons trouver en Europe. La Selysiothemis noir est totalement absente de France contrairement au Sympêtre noir.

The Black Darter – Sympetrum danae – Libellulidae – SympetrumLength: 29 to 34 mm
Absent of southern Europe, this small dragonfly can be found in the north, center and east of France. Elsewhere in the world it is circumboreal from north America to . Its habitat is acid waters and peatbogs preferably in altitude.

The is the only black darter. 2 yellow bands bar the thorax and it shows yellow patches on the side of the abdomen on segments 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8. The more it ages, the darker it gets. Females are mainly yellow with a thick band on each side of the abdomen.The eyes are reddish on top, greenish below.

Le Sympêtre noir Longueur: 29 à 34 mm – Absente de l’Europe du sud, en France, cette petite libellule peut se trouver particulièrement dans les eaux acides et les tourbières, de préférence en altitude, le plus au sud en Ardèche mais plus abondante au nord, centre et est de la France et toute l’Europe du nord; ailleurs dans le monde il est circumboréal du Japon à l’Amérique du nord.

Le mâle, d’une coloration très différente de celle de la femelle, est le seul dans la famille sympêtre de sa couleur: il est principalement noir intense avec 2 bandes jaunes sur le thorax, du jaune sur les côtés des segments 1, 2, 3, 7 et 8 de l’abdomen. Plus il vieillit plus il s’assombrit. La femelle est principalement jaune avec une épaisse bande noire de chaque côté de l’abdomen, le thorax étant coloré comme celui du mâle.
Pattes entièrement noires. Les yeux sont rouges sur le dessus, verdâtres dessous.

Sympetrum danae – Male adulte

Sympetrum danae – Jeune male – Young male

La femelle a un abdomen épais: The female has a thick abdomen:

Sympetrum danae – Femelle adulte – Adult female

Cœur copulatoire: Mating wheel:

Sympetrum danae

Sympetrum danae

Le Selysiothemis noir

Selysiothemis nigra
Libellulidae – Selysiothemis

Longueur: 30 à 38 mm

Libellule monotypique, c’est-à-dire unique dans le genre Selysiothemis. On la trouve au centre de l’Asie et au Moyen Orient. En Europe elle est confinée aux côtes de la méditerranée. Capable de se déplacer sur de longues distances on peut la retrouver loin des points d’eau où elle se reproduit. La nervation de ses ailes très transparentes est particulièrement lâche, les cellules sont plus grandes et moins nombreuses que chez la plupart des autres odonates.

Les yeux sont rouges sur le dessus, bleutés dessous.
Plus d’infos et de photos [ICI…].

The Black Pennant

Is a monotypic species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae, it occurs in and the Middle East. In Europe it is mostly confined to the coastal areas of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The wings are very transparent and their nervation is particularly loose, the cells are larger and fewer than with other species of dragonflies. Eyes are reddish above, blueish below.
More info and pics [HERE…].

Selysiothemis nigra, M

Selysiothemis nigra, M

Selysiothemis nigra, M

Femelles:

Selysiothemis nigra, F

Selysiothemis nigra, F

Selysiothemis nigra, F

Selysiothemis nigra, F

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