Dragonfly - Common Darter
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Taken at Cathkin Marsh on 23rd September 2018 using Nikon D500
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.


Taken at Strathclyde Park on 21st August 2017 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.

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Taken at Loch-an-Eilien on 23rd July 2018 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Taken at Baron's Haugh on 10th September 2015 using
Nikon D5200 - 18-55 mm lens with Raynox DCR-250 Macro Attachment
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Dragonfly - Common Darter.
Scientific Name:
Sympetrum striolatum.
Body Length:


Ponds and other still, stagnant or even brackish waters
38 - 43 mm.
The thorax in both sexes is brown above with poorly defined antehumeral stripes and yellow panels on the sides. The eyes are brown above and yellow below. The legs are black with a diagnostic yellow stripe along their length.
The males become a bright orange-red with maturity with small black spots on S8 and S9.
Females have a pale, yellowish-brown abdomen often developing red markings along the segment boundaries as they age.
Can be found well into November and may be one of the last on the wing in the UK.