Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Adult Common Darter (subspecies S. s. striolatum) at Geddington, Northants - August 2009

Featured Subspecies: Sympetrum striolatum striolatum
Length: 38-43mm
Wingspan: 57mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Common darters are one of the more numerous dragonflies in Europe. They show a large amount of dimorphism between the sexes - the above picture is a female while males are bright red.  Another species that has a broad range throughout Europe, the Common Darter is on the wing from June to December in Northern Europe.

Related Species:
Order: Odonata 

Family: Libellulidae 
Genus: Sympetrum 
SUBSPECIES: S. s. doshidordzii, S. s. imitoides, S. s. kurile, S. s. pallidum, S. s. striolatum

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and various other sites

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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