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Red-veined Darter

Sympetrum fonscolombii


About 5 cm "Males have a red abdomen, redder than many other Sympetrum species. The wings have red veins and the wing bases of the hind-wings are yellow. The female is similar but the abdomen is yellow, not red, and the wings have yellow veins, not red veins as found in the males. The legs of both sexes are mostly black with some yellow. Immature males are like females but often with more red."


Farm in Salvaterra, field with crops


the reason my hand appears is because the camera was having a hard time focusing on the dragonfly

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mendes.madalena 10 years ago

thank you sarahviszneki and AntónioGinjaGinja, my hands are actually really small and make it look bigger :) i see them everywhere now!

Fantastic capture Madalena,it's a enormous speciem,i never saw one so big,very cool spotting,congrats and thanks for sharing

sarahviszneki 10 years ago

Great photo!

mendes.madalena 10 years ago

yes so true, in this case they were about 5 cm :)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Great spotting Madalena, hands are great for a sense of scale too!

injica 10 years ago

wish i could, I will one day surely ;)

mendes.madalena 10 years ago

come to Portugal! eheh

injica 10 years ago

I guess you are both just lucky, I haven't seen any female yet, just a male months ago ;(

mendes.madalena 10 years ago

and they let me be close to them, except the males! i couldn't take decent pictures of them

mendes.madalena 10 years ago

yes completely! this was at my grandmothers house and there were loads

PedroNicolau 10 years ago

They are so ridiculously abundant at this time of the year. Yesterday, I saw many thousands. It's incredible.

injica 10 years ago

wow lucky you :)

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Spotted on Jul 28, 2013
Submitted on Aug 4, 2013

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