Observation of heterospecific mating attempt of Blue Chaser Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 and Broad-bodied Chaser L. depressa Linnaeus, 1758 (Anisoptera: Libellulidae)

Authors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.25.2.53-60

Keywords:

Odonata, dragonflies, mating, copulation, wheel position, syntopic occurence

Abstract

A successful copula formation between a male of Libellula fulva and a female of L. depressa was documented photographically on 23. 6. 2022 at a small stream in the Natura 2000 site Ličenca pri Poljčanah in NE Slovenia. This represents the first record of an anomalous mating attempt with copula formation between the species involved. Their distribution in Slovenia as well as syntopic and syntemporal observations in the country are presented and briefly discussed, as are the site-specific factors and aged female coloration that may have contributed to the described rare attempt of heterospecific mating.

References

Bedjanič M. 2006. Drobtinice in ocvirki: Odonatološka zanimivost z zadrževalnika Medvedce na Dravskem polju: parjenje kačjih pastirjev malo drugače. Erjavecia. 21: 15-17.

Bick GH, Bick JC. 1981. Heterospecific pairing among Odonata. Odonatologica. 10(4): 259-270.

Chovanec A. 2022. Erstmalige Dokumentation eines Paarungsversuches zwischen einem Männchen von Orthetrum brunneum und einem Weibchen von Orthetrum albistylum (Odonata: Libellulidae). Mercuriale. 22: 71-82.

Corbet PS. 1999. Dragonflies: Behaviour and ecology of Odonata. Harley, Colchester.

Futahashi R, F. Hayashi 2004. DNA analysis of hybrids between Sympetrum e. eroticum and S. baccha matutinum. Tombo. 47: 31-36.

Heidemann H. 1982. Geschlechtliche Verirrungen einheimischer Libellen. Libellula. 1(2): 49-50.

Khelifa R, Zebsa R, Moussaoui A, Kahalerras A, Bensouilah S, Mahdjoub H. 2013. Niche partitioning in three sympatric congeneric species of dragonfly, Orthetrum chrysostigma, O. coerulescens anceps, and O. nitidinerve: the importance of microhabitat. Journal of Insect Science 13(1): 71. https://doi.org/10.1673/031.013.7101 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1673/031.013.7101

Kornová V, Bílková E, Ožana S, Pyszko P, Dolný A. 2022. Interspecific mating and potential hybrids in the genus Sympetrum. In: Vinko D, Bedjanič M, editors. ECOO 2022, 6th European Congress on Odonatology, 27–30th June 2022, Kamnik, Slovenia, Book of Abstracts, Slovensko odonatološko društvo, Ljubljana, p. 79.

Kosterin OE, Haritonov AY, Inoue K. 2001. Dragonflies of the part of Novosibirsk Province east of the Ob' Rivеr. Sympetrum Hyogo. 7/8: 24-49.

Kunz B. 2010. Heterospecific copulation with subsequent oviposition in Libellulidae (Odonata). Libellula. 29 (3/4): 223-230.

Miller MN, Fincke OM. 2004. Mistakes in sexual recognition among sympatric Zygoptera vary with time of day and color morphism (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). International Journal of Odonatology. 7(3): 471-491. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13887890.2004.9748233

Okude G, Futahashi R. 2022. Interspecific hybrid between Paracercion sieboldii and P. melanotum from Japan (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Notulae odonatologicae. 9(5): 204-208. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3823261

Rehfeldt GE. 1993. Heterospecific tandem formation in Sympetrum depressiusculum (Sélys) (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Odonatologica. 22(1): 77-82.

Richardson TW, Smith Z. 2012. Intergeneric copulation between Sympetrum obtrusum and Leucorrhinia hudsonica. Argia. 24(1):16-18.

Seggewiße E. 2008. Paarungsirrtümer bei Libellen. Mercuriale. 8: 48-49.

Solano E, Hardersen S, Audisio P, Amorosi V, Senczuk G, Antonini G. 2018. Asymmetric hybridization in Cordulegaster (Odonata: Cordulegastridae): Secondary postglacial contact and the possible role of mechanical constraints. Ecology and Evolution. 8(19): 9657-9671. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4368 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4368

Sternberg K. 2000. Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 - Plattbauch. In: Sternberg K, Buchwald R, editors. Die Libellen Baden-Württembergs, Band 2. Ulmer, Stuttgart, p. 436-448.

Sternberg K, Höppner B, Buchwald R. 2000. Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 - Spitzenfleck. In: Sternberg K, Buchwald R, editors. Die Libellen Baden-Württembergs, Band 2. Ulmer, Stuttgart, p. 448-458.

Tamm K, Seehausen M, Pix A. 2015. Interspezifische Paarungsversuche von Cordulegaster bidentata mit Aeshna cyanea und A. juncea (Odonata: Cordulegastridae, Aeshnidae). Libellula. 34(3/4): 175-180.

Thio HB, Ngiam RWJ. 2023. Biodiversity Record: Heterospecific pairing of scarlet skimmer and sultan dragonflies. Nature in Singapore. 16: e2023031. https://doi.org/10.26107/NIS-2023-0031

Utzeri C, Belfiore C. 1990. Tandem anomali fra Odonati (Odonata). Fragmenta Entomologica Roma. 22: 271-287.

Wildermuth H. 2015. Paarungsversuch von Sympetrum depressiusculum mit Orthetrum coerulescens (Odonata: Libellulidae). Mercuriale. 15: 59-62.

Downloads

Published

30.12.2023

Issue

Section

Short Communication

How to Cite

Bedjanič, M. (2023). Observation of heterospecific mating attempt of Blue Chaser Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 and Broad-bodied Chaser L. depressa Linnaeus, 1758 (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Natura Sloveniae, 25(2), 53-60. https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.25.2.53-60

Similar Articles

1-10 of 27

You may also start an advanced similarity search for this article.

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>