Sympetrum striolatum (Common Darter)

One of two ubiquitous red-bodied (♂) Sympetrum species found in the UK, the other being S. sanguineum (Ruddy Darter). S. striolatum tends to be a more orange-red and has a light stripe running longitudinally down each leg. It tends to be the last dragonfly, certainly the last darter, on the wing in the UK year.

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

ID Notes

  • legs black with a light (yellow) longitudinal stripe
  • ♂ – contrasting brown and light yellowish panels on side of thorax
  • mature ♂ – abdomen more orange in appearance than the very red S. sanguineum
  • ♀ – yellow abdomen, darkens to dull olive/greenish with age
teneral male
in cop
in flight

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