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Aeshna subarctica

Højmose-Mosaikguldsmed

July 14, 2012
  • Suborder:
    Anisoptera
  • Family:
    Aeshnidae
  • Genus:
    Aeshna
About

Doppelganger of Aeshna juncea, found exclusively within that species range and often with it, occurring in similar habitats, but largely confined to bogs with floating mats of peatmoss (Sphagnum). Appears darker and more uniform than Aeshna juncea, but careful study of markings is needed for positive identification.

Size

Total: 70-76 mm.
Abdomen: 47-57 mm.
Hindwing: 39-46 mm.

Habitat

Moors and bogs with floating peamoss. These very wet communities appear like a thick soup, and recognising them is often the best way to find the species.

Flight Season

From late May to October. Most abundant in August and September.

Range and Status

Relatively rare in Denmark.



 

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