Rare vagrant

Male: vividly bright scarlet.

Females and immatures: yellow-brown with a pale stripe down the thorax.

Where to See

Latin NameCrocothemis erythraea

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.

Similar Species

May be mistaken with other Darters.

Can be distinguished by:

  • Broad, flat body.
  • Male: full body bright scarlet coloration.
  • Female:pale stripe down the thorax.
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 33-44mm
  • Flat, broad body.
  • Pale pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Orange coloration at base of hind wing.
  • Male: vividly bright scarlet body, head, legs and leading wing veins.
  • Females and immatures: yellow-brown with a conspicuous pale stripe along the top of the thorax, between the wings.



Flight PeriodScarlet Darter