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Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea), Finland This male Downy Emerald has been photographed a couple of years ago in Lieksa, eastern Finland. <br />
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&quot;The Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) is the only species of its genus in Europe. It&#039;s a relatively common species in Central and Northern Europe, but very rare in the British Isles, Northern Sweden and Norway, and the Mediterranean basin.<br />
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Downy Emerald&#039;s distinguishing features include the bronze (rather than green-metallic) colour of the abdomen, the dark yellow patches at the wing bases, the male&#039;s clubbed abdomen (broadest at S7-8), the large white patch on the underside of the female&#039;s S3, and the absence of the long vulvar scale typical of the female Brilliant (or Balkan) Emerald.&quot;<br />
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Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea), Finland

This male Downy Emerald has been photographed a couple of years ago in Lieksa, eastern Finland.

"The Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) is the only species of its genus in Europe. It's a relatively common species in Central and Northern Europe, but very rare in the British Isles, Northern Sweden and Norway, and the Mediterranean basin.

Downy Emerald's distinguishing features include the bronze (rather than green-metallic) colour of the abdomen, the dark yellow patches at the wing bases, the male's clubbed abdomen (broadest at S7-8), the large white patch on the underside of the female's S3, and the absence of the long vulvar scale typical of the female Brilliant (or Balkan) Emerald."

http://www.dragonflypix.com/speciespages_fi/cordulia_aenea.html

    comments (2)

  1. gorgeous colours, a really fine shot and a new dragon to me :) Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot Annette. This is a quite common species here but I haven't photographed it that much - at least not yet ;). Posted 4 years ago

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The downy emerald is a species of dragonfly. It is metallic green and bronze in color, and its thorax is coated with fine hairs, hence its name. Like most other emeralds, the downy emerald has bright shiny green eyes. Adults are around 5 cm in length, and are in flight from May through July each year.

This species lives in woodlands near lakes and ponds; like other dragonflies, it lays eggs in water and its larvae are aquatic. It is distributed throughout most of Europe. Although.. more

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Species identified by Ari Parviainen
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Uploaded Mar 9, 2016. Captured Jun 2, 2013 10:04 in Unnamed Road, 81700 Lieksa, Finland.
  • NIKON D3000
  • f/6.3
  • 1/320s
  • ISO200
  • 150mm