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|Latin Name||Sympetrum danae|
A species of peat moss and moorland, breeding in acidic ponds, bog pools and drainage ditches.
|Status & Distribution|
Most commonly found in northern and western parts of Britain. It has seen a general and significant decline over the past 50 years, particularly in 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.