Where to See
|Latin Name||Sympetrum danae|
A species of peat moss and moorland, breeding in acidic ponds, bog pools and drainage ditches.
|Status & Distribution|
Widespread and can be abundant, especially in the north.
Local abundant in southern Ireland, as well as eastern and central England.
Mature males are the only black dragonflies in the UK so are unmistakable.
Females and immature males resemble other darters. They can be separated by their:
Darters have a squat, spider-like body-shape and a head that tapers back to the thorax.
Black Darter are the smallest Darter larvae: 13-16mm.