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