Description

Rare migratory species.

Male: red with the tiny black spots on the abdomen ringed with yellow.

Female: yellow-orange.

Where to See

Weight2
Latin NameSympetrum vulgatum
Habitat

Shallow ponds and lakes with abundant marginal vegetation.

Status & Distribution

Rare migrant from Central Europe. About ten were recorded up to 1946, mostly in south-east England. An unprecedented influx in 1995 led to at least 15 records from Norfolk and others in Suffolk, Kent and London. Most recent records are from the Isle of Wight in 1996 and the west Midlands in 1997.

Similar Species

Can be confused with other Darter species, particularly Common Darter.

Look for:

  • Lack of coloured panels on side of thorax.
  • Brown pterostigma (wing spots)
  • Spots on the abdomen.
  • Black face markings.
  • Male: spots on the abdomen.
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 35-40mm
  • Brown pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Black moustache marking on the face.
  • Male: red with the tiny black spots on the abdomen ringed with yellow.
  • Female: yellow-orange broader body. Distinctive, prominent vulvar scale which sticks out at a right angle from under segment 9, at the end of the abdomen.
Flight PeriodVagrant Darter
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