Balkan Goldenring (Cordulegaster jinensis)
Species
Male Balkan Goldenring. Taken near Petrovo, Bulgaria, on July 21st 2015. Approx 1.6x lifesize.
Male. Taken near Petrovo, Bulgaria, on July 21st 2015. Click image for larger version.
(1/125th sec at f14. Approx 1x lifesize.)
Male Balkan Goldenring. Taken near Petrovo, Bulgaria, on July 21st 2015. Approx 1.6x lifesize.
Male. Taken near Petrovo, Bulgaria, on July 21st 2015. Click image for larger version.
(1/500th sec at f14. Approx 1x lifesize.)
Female Balkan Goldenring. Taken at the Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, on June 26th 2014. Approx 1.6x lifesize.
Female. Taken at the Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, on June 26th 2014. Click image for larger version.
(1/320th sec at f13. Approx 1x lifesize.)
Female Balkan Goldenring. Taken at the Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, on June 26th 2014. Approx 1.6x lifesize.
Female. Taken at the Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, on June 26th 2014. Click image for larger version.
(1/160th sec at f13. Approx 1x lifesize.)

© David Hastings

Description

WS: 90 - 100mm (m), 106 - 116 mm (f); L: 77 - 84mm (m), 88 - 96mm (f)
 
The largest goldenring species, and one of the largest European dragonflies. Replaces the Common Goldenring in most of its range.
 
This species is endemic to south-eastern Europe, but its north-eastern range limits are poorly understood.
 
It prefers streams or sometimes small rivers, often in forests but also on open moors and heaths.
 
The flight period is from the end of May to late August.
 

Sightings

22-Jul-2015:nr Sandanski, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015:nr Petrovo, Bulgaria

26-Jun-2014:Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria