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Libellula quadrimaculata (Four-spotted Skimmer)


Wikipedia Abstract

The four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), known in North America as the four-spotted skimmer, is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae found frequently throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. The adult stage is found between April to early September in the United Kingdom, and from mid-May to mid-August in Ireland. Larvae have a two-year developmental cycle. Adults feed predominantly on mosquitoes, gnats and midges; the larvae feed primarily on other aquatic insect larvae and on tadpoles. The four-spotted skimmer is the state insect of Alaska.
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Central & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Byelarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    
Upper Danube Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    

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Prey / Diet

Carterocephalus palaemon (Arctic skipper)[1]
Chrysoperla carnea (Green Lacewing)[1]
Culiseta alaskaensis (Mosquito)[1]
Dolichopus ungulatus[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Carassius carassius (Crucian carp)[3]
Cottus cognatus (Anadyr sculpin)[1]
Lithobates sylvaticus (Wood Frog)[1]
Stenopogon martini[4]
Tachycineta bicolor (Tree Swallow)[1]


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Attributes / relations provided by
1Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
2Ecology of Commanster
3Seasonal feeding activity and ontogenetic dietary shifts in crucian carp, Carassius carassius, Olli-Pekka Penttinen & Ismo J. Holopainen, Environmental Biology of Fishes 33: 215-221, 1992.
4Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0