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Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum
Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum


Ruddy darter
The ruddy darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) belongs to the genus darters (Sympetrum), in the order dragonflies, the family skimmers (Libellulidae) and the subfamily Sympetrinae. It is commonly encountered in Europe.
Ruddy Darter - front view
Ruddy Darter - front view
The ruddy darter reaches body lengths of 40 - 45 mm and wingspans of 50 - 60 mm. The abdomen of the male ruddy darter widens in the final third and is bright red in colour, while the abdomen of the female often appears yellowish-brown to ochre, or red. Their bodies have black markings. The legs are always completely black.
Sympetrum sanguineum
Sympetrum sanguineum
They fly in the months of July to September. The adult ruddy darter prefers to live on small bodies of water. It feeds on small insects caught during flight.
Sympetrum sanguineum - Ruddy Darter
Sympetrum sanguineum - Ruddy Darter
The females lay their eggs in ‘packages’ in wet or muddy ground. The eggs overwinter there. In spring the eggs are transported into water by the rain. The pre-larvae soon hatch from their eggs and fully develop into larvae. At the end of June, after one year of development, the larvae emerge from the water as adult dragonflies.
Sympetrum sanguineum - Head
Sympetrum sanguineum - Head
Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
Ruddy Darter
Ruddy Darter

Sympetrum sanguineum
Subspecies1
Common namesRuddy darter
German namesBlutrote Heidelibelle, Blutrode Heidelibelle
Dutch namesBloedrode heidelibel
Danish namesBlodrød Hedelibel
Finnish namesVerikorento, Verisyyskorento
Swedish namesBlodröd ängstrollslända
AuthorMüller, 1764
Eco zoneFreshwater
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire)), North England (Northwest England (Cheshire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Greece, Yugoslavia (Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia))), East Europe (Belarus)
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey)), North Asia
Russia
Siberia
Africa
North Africa
Sahara


CountriesAustria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesSympetrum sanguineum in faunaeur.org
Sympetrum sanguineum in dyntaxa.se
Sympetrum sanguineum in Wikipedia (English)

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1. Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum
2. Ruddy Darter - front view
3. Sympetrum sanguineum
4. Sympetrum sanguineum - Ruddy Darter
5. Sympetrum sanguineum - Head
6. Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
7. Ruddy Darter
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassPalaeoptera
Ancient winged insects
SuperorderOdonatoptera
OrderOdonata
Dragonflies, Damselflies, Demoiselles, Dragonflies and Damselflies
SuborderEpiprocta
InfraorderAnisoptera
Dragonflies
SuperfamilyLibelluloidea
FamilyLibellulidae
Skimmers, Perchers, Common skimmers, Chasers, Skimmers and Darters
SubfamilySympetrinae
GenusSympetrum
Meadowhawks, Darters
Speciessanguineum
Sympetrum sanguineum
Ruddy darter
AuthorMüller, 1764
 
Synonyms
Diplax armeniaca
Diplax nigrostigma
Libellula roeselii
Libellula sanguinea
Sympetrum angustipennis
Sympetrum armeniacum
Sympetrum basale
Sympetrum nigripes
Sympetrum nigrostigma
Sympetrum obsoletum
Sympetrum roeselii
Sympetrum sykinia
 
Subspecies
Sympetrum sanguineum sanguineum
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