Banded Darter

Sympetrum pedemontanum

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Length: 32mm

Flight period: flies July to mid-October in mainland Europe

A small darter with black legs and broad hind wings. Both sexes have a brown band across each wing just inside the pale yellow to red pterostigma.

Male: blood-red 

Female: ochre-brown


Frequents marshes, swamps and pools with dense reed beds usually in hilly country.

Status & Distribution

Very rare migrant. One record from Gwent in 1995.

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Similar species

Couldn't be mistaken for any other species.