Large white-faced darter

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Large white-faced darter
Male L. pectoralis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Leucorrhinia
Species: L. pectoralis
Binomial name
Leucorrhinia pectoralis
Male L. pectoralis

The large white-faced darter or yellow-spotted whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) is a small dragonfly belonging to the genus Leucorrhinia in the family Libellulidae.

This species is 32–39 millimetres (1.3–1.5 in) long[1] and is the largest member of its genus in Europe.[2] It is easily identified by the large yellow seventh segment of its abdomen.[3]

It inhabits marshy borders and prefers less acidic waters than its close relative the white-faced darter, (Leucorrhinia dubia).[2] It occurs from western Siberia to parts of France.[4] From England, there was only one record in Kent in June 1859 until two sightings in May 2012 in Suffolk.[4]


  1. ^ "Libellennet: gevlekte witsnuitlibel (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)" (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b Dijkstra, Klaas-Douwe B. (2006). Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe. British Wildlife Publishing. ISBN 978-0953139941.
  3. ^ "Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)". Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b Parr, Andrew J (April 2013). "The Large White-faced Darter Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charp.) across Britain during 2012". Journal of the British Dragonfly Society. 29.

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