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.
May be confused with other Darter species, the most common other species being the Common Darter.
Ruddy Darter can be distinguished by:
Darters have a squat, spider-like body-shape and a head that tapers back to the thorax.
Very similar to Common Darter but has shorter lateral abdominal spines on segment 9 (S9 lateral spines slightly shorter than the length of S9).