Description

The most common species of Darter that can be found well into November.

Males: bright orange-red.

Immature males: Pale, yellowish-brown, similar females.

Females: pale, yellowish-brown abdomen often developing red markings with age.

Where to See

Latin NameSympetrum striolatum
Habitat

Ponds and other still, stagnant or even brackish waters are used, and they are frequently found at small garden ponds.

They are frequently found away from water, resting on the tops of plants in woodland rides.

Status & Distribution

Abundant in England, Wales and Ireland. Less common in Scotland.

Similar Species

Similar appearance to other Darter species, particularly Ruddy Darter

Common Darter can be separated by its:

  • pale leg stripes
  • black wings spots

 

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 38-43mm
  • Pale stripes on legs.
  • Yellow panels on side of the thorax.
  • Black wing spots.
  • Males: bright orange-red with black spots on segments 8 and 9 near the end of the abdomen.
  • Immature males: Pale, yellowish-brown, similar females.
  • Females: pale, yellowish-brown abdomen often developing red markings with age.
Flight PeriodCommon Darter
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