A very active red-bodied (♂), southern Sympetrum with, apparently, an unusual life cycle: rapid egg and larva development producing two generations a year.
This is a very widely spread dragonfly, as you can see from the collection of observation flags above. Long regarded as a frequent migrant to the UK, it now appears to be have extended its territory and become established here, though I haven’t encountered it locally. I really should try and get another flag on its resumé.
[I have a couple of comparison charts that should help with Darter identification.]
- yellow pterostigma outlined in black along leading and trailing edges
- larger/prominent wing veins red (mature ♂)/yellow (♀)
- ♂ – red frons
- underside of eyes, blue-ish
- yellow patch at base of hind-wings
|in cop||ovipositing||in flight|