Sympetrum sanguineum (Ruddy Darter)

One of the two very common red-bodied (♂) Sympetrum species resident in the UK, the other being the Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum). They are apt to cause confusion for some, the diagnostic distinguishing feature being the legs: plain black for S. sanguineum, striped in S. striolatum. There are other features but the legs clinch it.

[I have a couple of comparison charts that should help with Darter identification.]

ID Notes

  • all black legs
  • mature ♂ – blood-red clubbed abdomen
  • mature ♂ – reddish frons
  • ♀ – yellow abdomen
  • small yellow patches at hind-wing base
in tandem
in cop

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