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).

The only place I’ve encountered this species so far is somewhat unexpectedly Jalón, Spain; unexpected because it isn’t terribly desert-like.

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
in cop ovipositing