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Female Sympetrum sanguineum. The ruddy darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. The ruddy darter attains a wingspan of up to 6 cm. The head, thorax and abdomen of the male are vivid red, while the female is slightly smaller, and is a golden-yellow colour with black markings. The all-black legs of the ruddy darter distinguish it from the otherwise very similar common darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and vagrant darter (Sympetrum vulgatum), both of which show yellow stripes on their legs.
Dry meadow on the edge of deciduous woodland.
Spotted on Aug 14, 2017
Submitted on Aug 18, 2017