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 the south of Britain, although scattered records from elsewhere. Records have been increasing since the 1980s. Breeding observed regularly, but colonies are seemingly not stable yet.

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