Where to See
|Latin Name||Sympetrum fonscolombii|
Breeds in large shallow water bodies such as rice paddies in Southern Europe.
|Status & Distribution|
Fairly frequent migrant, principally to southwest England though scattered records from elsewhere (has reached Scotland).
Breeds nearly annually, but colonies are seemingly not stable.
Can be confused with other Darter species.
This species can be distinguished by the following features:
Darters have a squat, spider-like body-shape, a rounded back to the head and eyes that stick out to the sides.
No dorsal spines on the abdomen, but has dorsal setae (hairs) instead.
Abdomen has two dark dorsal stripes.