Where to See
|Latin Name||Sympetrum sanguineum|
Specialises in well vegetated ponds, lakes, canals etc.
Frequently in woodlands.
Will tolerate acidic waters.
|Status & Distribution|
Most common in south-east England and central Ireland but increasing its range.
The various resident and migrant species of Darter in the UK are easily confused, the females being particularly difficult to tell apart. This species has all black legs and the waisted appearance of the blood-red male helps with identification.
May be confused with other Darter species, the most common being the Common Darter.
Can be distinguished by: