Flight period: July to September (occasionally June)
This species is smaller than the Common Darter or Red-veined Darter. It has extensive pale orange colouration to the basal half of the wings and many wing veins. The bright red males and clear yellow-brown females are attractive. The eyes are brown above and yellow below. The pterostigma is red or brown strongly outlined in black, somewhat shorter than in most darters.
Male: becomes orange-red with maturity with a red frons and red-brown thorax.
Female: ochre yellow abdomen strongly marked with black along the lower half of each side.