Where to See Common Darter

Latin NameSympetrum striolatum

Ponds and other still, stagnant or even brackish waters are used, and they are frequently found at small garden ponds.

They are frequently found away from water, resting on the tops of plants in woodland rides.

Status & Distribution

Abundant across the British Isles. Less common in upland areas of Scotland and northern England.

Similar Species

Similar appearance to other Darter species, particularly Ruddy Darter

Common Darter can be distinguished by its:

  • pale leg stripes
  • males: yellow patches on the sides of the thorax.
Species GroupDragonflies