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Dragonfly  Common Darter

Common Darter - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
To help you identify dragonflies and damselflies there's a beautifully illustrated fold out chart in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Sympetrum striolatum

Size: Wingspan approximately 58mms

Distribution: Found in most of the U.K., but absent from some areas of Scotland.

Months seen: June to November.

Habitat: Still ponds and lakes.

Food: Flying insects.

Special features: The male common darter has a bright orange-red body. It is Similar to the 'Ruddy Darter', but the ruddy darter has a more tapered abdomen. The male common darter also has some yellow patches on the sides of the thorax.

Click for a better viewThe female common darter is a golden brown colour. Older females are a more grey-brown colour.

The legs of both the males and females have a thin yellow stripe along the sides.

The Common darter prefers to perch on bankside vegetation rather than on the ground.

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Common Darter Exuviae
UK Safari Dragonfly Section

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