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Flight period: UK records from mid-June to early September
This darter has a flattened abdomen appearing rather broad compared to other UK darters.
Male: vividly bright scarlet and unmistakeable. The veins on the leading edges of the wings are also red.
Females and immatures: yellow-brown with a conspicuous pale stripe along the top of the thorax, between the wings.
Found near shallow, still waters such as small pools, rice paddies and drainage channels.
Status & Distribution
Rare migrant from Southern Europe. First recorded in 1995.
Unlikely to be mistaken for any other species.