Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

Order: Odonata (oh-do-NAY-ta) (Info)
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Sympetrum
Species: fonscolombii

Members' Notes:


On Sep 13, 2006, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

These curious creatures will dart about and eat insects. The male seems to like a slightly higher point to perch on, they will often perch on a tall stick.

There are four very similar Darters in the UK. This is the only one to have the distinctive orange-red veining in the wings, mostly on the leading edges and just below. The veining in the female is more yellow.

The tip on the wing, the pterostigma, in the male is a reddish brown, or pale red to yellow, the female yellow.

They have yellow stripes down the backs of the legs, the abdomen colour varies from olive green to yellow in the female, or green, or brown, or predominantly red in the male.

The male I viewed looked green with a red back, but they do look different when p... read more