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 but, as far as I know, it was unverified.

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
2 comments on “Sympetrum meridionale (Southern Darter)
  1. John wann says:

    I have a dragonfly pic from southern France. Can I send it to you for ID?

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