Where to See Scarlet Darter

Latin NameCrocothemis erythraea

Found near shallow, still waters such as small pools, rice paddies and drainage channels.

Status & Distribution

First recorded in 1995. Rare migrant; most records from the south of England.

Similar Species

May be mistaken with other Darters.

Can be distinguished by:

  • Broad, flat body.
  • Male: body, head and legs bright red.
  • Female:yellow legs and pale antehumeral stripes on the thorax.
Species GroupDragonflies