Sympetrum sinaiticum (Desert Darter)

Quite easy to confuse with a couple of other Sympetrums. S. sinaticum (Desert Darter) has a very plain thorax side, rather like S. meridionale (Southern Darter) and looks quite an orangey-red rather like S. striolatum (Common Darter).

An inhabitant of arid regions, my first and thus far only encounter came quite unexpectedly in Jalón, Spain, in September 2015.

Id Notes

  • underside of eyes bluish grey
  • black bars on the side of S2 & S3
  • reduced black on legs
  • ♂ long lower appendages reaching almost to tip of upper appendages