Where to See
|Latin Name||Sympetrum sanguineum|
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.
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).