David Element

 

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______________________________________________Dragonflies and Damselflies 48 Ruddy Darters

 

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

 

 

 

RUDDY DARTER DRAGONFLY Sympetrum sanguineum (m)

 

         These close-up photographs illustrate a maturing male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum sanguineum. These insects are a yellow-brown colour when teneral (freshly emerged) and in males the red coloration will develop, deepen and eventually cover most of the body. The legs of this dragonfly are completely black, a significant feature when making comparisons with other members of the same genus and checking the extent of the black facial markings is also useful when making an identification. The abdomen is more clubbed than that of the similar and slightly larger Common Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum striolatum and this species possesses yellow stripes on its legs. There are several other similar species to be found in continental Europe.

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