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Dragonfly   Ruddy Darter

Ruddy Darter - Photo  Copyright 2006 Jane Relton
Photo: Jane Relton

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 sanguineum

Size: Wingspan approx 55mm.

Distribution: Found throughout most of England parts of Wales, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.

Months seen: June to October.

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, ditches and still water, especially in wooded areas.

Food: Flying insects.

Special features: The male ruddy darter has a bright red abdomen which has a narrow (waisted) section in the middle. The wings are also red at the shoulders. The female is a golden brown colour. The legs of both the male and female are black.

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