Description

One of the most Common Darter species.

Male: blood-red, club-shaped abdomen.

Female: abdomen ochre-yellow with black markings; not club-shaped.

 

 

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Latin NameSympetrum sanguineum
Habitat

Specialises in well vegetated ponds, lakes, canals etc.

Frequently in woodlands.

Will tolerate acidic waters.

Status & Distribution

Common across most of England apart from the south-west and the far north, although its distribution is expanding. Southerly and easterly distribution in Wales. The species reached Scotland in 2003 and has been found at a few southerly sites.

Similar Species

May be confused with other Darter species, the most common other species being the Common Darter.

Ruddy Darter can be distinguished by:

  • Black legs
  • Black line marking extends part way down the side on the frons (face).
  • Male: blood-red colouration and club-shaped abdomen.
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 34-36mm
  • Black legs.
  • Black “T” shaped marking on the back of the thorax.
  • Male: blood-red, club-shaped abdomen.
  • Female: abdomen ochre-yellow with black markings; not club-shaped.
  • Immature adults: Similar colouration to females.
Flight PeriodRuddy Darter
Larval Information

Darters have a squat, spider-like body-shape and a head that tapers back to the thorax.

15-17mm.

Very similar to Common Darter but has shorter lateral abdominal spines on segment 9 (S9 lateral spines slightly shorter than the length of S9).