Sympetrum meridionale (Southern Darter)

Another red-bodied (♂) Sympetrum. Unusually, I bumped into the fenales and took a while to find the males. The females, particularly, are prone to infestation by mites which look like small, bright red spheres on their wings.

This seems to be a very occasional migrant/vagrant to the UK. One was reported in 2013 at the RSPB’s Arne reserve in Dorset.

ID Notes

  • quite plain side of thorax, dull light tan with only very thin black sutures
  • ♂ – orange-red abdomen, with very little (sometimes no) black markings
  • ♀ – yellow abdomen
  • legs mainly yellow
male immature male
female

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