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Sympetrum flaveolum

Gulvinget Hedelibel

July 14, 2012
  • Suborder:
    Anisoptera
  • Family:
    Libellulidae
  • Genus:
    Sympetrum
About

This species, generally easy identified by its saffron wings, is invasive in large parts of its range. It may be absent in a particular area for long periods, breeding there for a few years after the arrival of large swarms of migrants.

Size

Total: 32-37 mm.
Abdomen: 19-27 mm.
Hindwing: 23-32 mm.

Habitat

Prefers to breed in shallow, well-vegetated waters that warm up quickly, such as swampy depressions and seasonally flooded meadows. Many of these dry up during the course of summer.

Flight Season

From late May to September. Most abundant in August.

Range and Status

Common in Denmark.



 

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