Orthetrum albistylum – White-tailed skimmer

Orthetrum albistylum (White-tailed Skimmer) is common throughout most of its range, which spans from central and southern Europe all the way to China and Japan. Although present in southern France, it’s absent from Iberia. White-tailed Skimmer is a more contrasting coloured species than its relative Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum). Females have white distal abdominal segments. Males usually have white terminal appendages but this feature is sometimes not well developed.