Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum

Photos

Pictures of Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum, all male so far.

  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum: IMG 2258
    Male, basking in the sun near the River Great Ouse between Kempston and Bromham
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P1676
    Male, Felmersham NR
    This is the "obelisk" posture, where the abdomen is pointed at the sun in an effort to regulate body temperature, this was a particularly warm day.
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P1677
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P1681
    Male, Felmersham NR
    Note the all black legs, that helps separates Ruddys from Common Darters.
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P2383
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P2385
    Immature male, Felmersham NR
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P2386
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P2389
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P2391
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum:  A3P2519
    Male, Priory CP
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Classification:

Odonata        
Anisoptera     True dragonflies
  Libellulidae   Chasers, Skimmers, & Darters

Similar to the slightly larger Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatum, the male Ruddy Darter is as the name suggests, a more intense red colour.

The male has a decidedly narrow "waist" to the abdomen, a dull brownish red thorax (no yellow stripes) slightly more yellow around the base of the wings and all black legs.

The female is very similar to the Common Darter but has all black legs in common with the male.

Habitat

Mainly found around shallow still water sites with plenty of dense emergent vegetation.

Where to see

Fairly common at still water sites and slow rivers where dense vegetation exists. I've seen them at Felmersham NR, Priory CP, Warren Villas NR.

Visible from mid June through to early October.