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Red-veined Darter

Sympetrum fonscolombii


Head, eyes, thorax, abdomen red all over, legs orange/brown, wings like red-veined.


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I have posted an article with links to spottings of both species to show the differences as I saw them:
There are two more very similar species to these in Spain which I have yet to come across.

mendes.madalena 9 years ago

Thank you Malcolm! 😊

Hi again mendes.madalena. You may be interested to know that we have another dragonfly here which can easily be confused with the Red-veined Darter. It is the Orange-winged Dropwing, Trithemis kirbyi. The main differences are the orange patches on the wings are more pronounced with a sharper cut-off, the stigmas are black with red ends and the middle and rear legs have blue/black on the rear of the femur? (thighs) often difficult to see. The abdomen is also slightly waisted and narrower.

Thanks mendes.madalena, I has a feeling it was but could not see the blue bottom half of the eyes. I since found a full listing of Portuguese dragonflies and it is the only all red one. We have a lot here also, even now!

mendes.madalena 9 years ago

Red-veined Darter? Sympetrum fonscolombii we usually have them here in Portugal


Spotted on Jun 17, 2014
Submitted on Nov 15, 2014

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