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 the south of Britain, although scattered records from elsewhere. Records have been increasing since the 1980s. Breeding observed regularly, but colonies are seemingly not stable yet.
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.