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Vagrant Darter

Sympetrum vulgatum


Adults can be seen on the wing all year round in southern Europe but in northern regions they occur from June to November. This small Dragonfly is seen in a wide variety of habitats, including lakes, ponds, canals and slow-flowing rivers. They are ambush predators, waiting on a prominent perch - such as a leaf or the top of a gate, until prey fly past, whereupon they will fly after it. They are territorial on breeding waters, often attempting to chase much bigger Dragonflies away such as Southern Hawkers. This habit of repeatedly returning to a sunny spot allows you to easily predict where they are going to land, which is why it is one of the easiest dragonflies to photograph.


On the border of forrest and grassland. Water nearby.

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54 Comments (1–25)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago


MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Fantastic macro!!!

sttweets 12 years ago

Thanks @ulvalactuca77 and @textless.

textless 12 years ago

Beautiful photo series and dragonfly!

ulvalactuca77 12 years ago

Freakin wow!

sttweets 12 years ago

@ClairePelletier Oephf, Dutch, English and German are okay, but my French is rather rusty...

ClairePelletier 12 years ago

Magnifique, avec quel genre d'appareil prend on des clichés pareils ???

sttweets 12 years ago

Thanks @taka.ita, I've updated the ID. The funny thing is I identified it as Vagrant Darter in an other spotting:

taka.ita 12 years ago

Not a Common Darter but a Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum). Look at the "moustache" and also the pointy ovipositor (visible on photo #4) makes clear it is a female Vagrant Darter.

sttweets 12 years ago

@AlaiLanda Nice story, never heard something like that before. I must say most of the time they take off as soon as you come close. At least that's what they do in the Netherlands.

sttweets 12 years ago

Thanks guys!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

yes here in costarica we have a lot of them :)

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

great camera

JuliusSchmitz-Justen 12 years ago

Beautiful series and stunning details in the first photo!

sttweets 12 years ago

Thanks @Chris. It was a 'lazy' sunny afternoon. The darter was slow and gave me plenty of time to get close and take my pictures :-)

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 12 years ago

Excellent Macro Work!

sttweets 12 years ago

Thanks @Nicholas4

Nicholas4 12 years ago

Just breathtaking detail! Wow!

sttweets 12 years ago

@MaryOhkwari Your welcome :-).
I must say that I was fine taking these picture. But seeing them on a large screens makes me realize what entomophobia could feel like!

MaryOhkwari 12 years ago

Awesome series... beautiful shots like these really help me in my desire to get past my entomophobia.

OemphaLoempha 12 years ago

Too close for comfort!

Tweact 12 years ago


sttweets 12 years ago

The shave you mean,... LOL

Tweact 12 years ago

:-) I see what you mean.

sttweets 12 years ago

@Tweact, just to show he's not smiling I've added a more detailed picture of his face and mouth. He needs to shave badly,... you don't want to meet him after dark :-)

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Staphorst, Overijssel, Netherlands

Spotted on Aug 5, 2010
Submitted on Mar 10, 2011

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