First record of Violet Dropwing Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807) (Odonata: Libellulidae) in Slovenia

Authors

  • Damjan Vinko Slovene Dragonfly Society, Verovškova 56, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Ali Šalamun Slovene Dragonfly Society, Verovškova 56, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, Centre for Cartography of Fauna and Flora, Ljubljana office, Tacenska 20, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.23.2.25-37

Keywords:

dragonfly, Violet Dropwing, Trithemis annulata, first record, Slovenia, Vipava Valley, Lake Vogršček, climate change, Biological Students Research Camp

Abstract

One adult male dragonfly Violet Dropwing Trithemis annulata was recorded at Lake Vogršček in the Vipava Valley (W Slovenia) during the Biological Students Research Camp – Otlica 2021. This first record for the country is presented and the species’ distribution in Europe outlined. Behavioural observations and data on the accompanying Odonata fauna are included. This widespread Afrotropical species has rapidly expanded its range in south and south-western Europe in the recent two decades, with global warming apparently being the main driver of this expansion. Hence, 73 Odonata species belonging to 29 genera and nine families are now reported for Slovenia. Trithemis is the seventh genus to be added to the family Libellulidae for the country. The discovery of
T. annulata in the Vipava Valley in Slovenia is significant for the fact of being the northernmost observation on the Balkan Peninsula to date.

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Vinko, D., & Šalamun, A. (2021). First record of Violet Dropwing Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807) (Odonata: Libellulidae) in Slovenia. Natura Sloveniae, 23(2), 25-37. https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.23.2.25-37

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