Where to See Red-veined Darter

Latin NameSympetrum fonscolombii

Breeds in large shallow water bodies such as rice paddies in Southern Europe.

Status & Distribution

Fairly frequent migrant, principally to southwest England though scattered records from elsewhere (has reached Scotland).

Breeds nearly annually, but colonies are seemingly not stable.

Similar Species

Can be confused with other Darter species.

This species can be distinguished by the following features:

  • blue eyes.
  • pale pterostigma (wing spots) outlined in black.
  • coloured wing veins (red in males, yellow in females).
Species GroupDragonflies