Welcome to Portugal could be said to this new species of dragonfly who is entering Portuguese territory from Spain. It is not an introduction because the insects come by their own. Scientists call it Trithemis kirbyi. About two decades ago, the dragonfly began to occupy the neighboring country Spain from North Africa where it has populations in Morocco.
The species is distinguished from other red-bodied dragonflies in Portugal by its large orange patch on its wings.
Very noteworthy is the observation site, the biological pool of Herdade dos Adaens near Campo Maior. The species was discovered during the monthly monitoring by the designers. It is important to note that this biological pool is not only used for tourism and the camping site of this estate, but also for environmental education purposes. So the dragonfly could not have chosen better its new habitat in Portugal!