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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum)

• English name: Spotted Darter
• German name: Sumpf-Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum déprimé
• Dutch name: Kempense heidelibel
• Swedish name: Svartfläckad ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Cardinale padano
• Czech name: vážka rumělková
• Slovenian name: Stasiti kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Петнисто червениче

Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Sympetrum depressiusculum

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a small species with scattered populations in central Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Vulnerable
Scientific name Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • libellulids are 'sitters': males spend a lot of time perched at the water's edge, waiting for females
  • all European Sympetrum species oviposit in tandem
Habitat • shallow lakes, rice fields, etc.
Dimensions • typical body length: 29-34 mm; hindwing: 24-28 mm
Both sexesAbdomen➤ the abdomen bears two rows of triangular black spots laterally on S4-S9, with further black spots dorsally on S8-S9
  • the (upper) appendages are light-coloured
 Wings• the hindwing bears a small orange patch at the base
 Legs➤ the legs are all black
MaleThorax• the thorax is brown-red (brown-yellow in immature males) with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is red (brown-yellow in immature males) and club-shaped
FemaleThorax• the thorax is brown-yellow with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is brown-yellow
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in the Netherlands in 2019

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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr584 09/08/2019 11:35 Netherlands F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr585 09/08/2019 14:02 Netherlands F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr593 17/09/2009 12:36 Belgium F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ⚤

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr595 17/09/2009 14:18 Belgium F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr596 09/08/2019 15:23 Netherlands F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr590 14/08/2019 15:27 Netherlands F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr591 09/08/2019 13:49 Netherlands F8 1/40 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr594 09/08/2019 14:11 Netherlands F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr592 09/08/2019 15:30 Netherlands F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr586 09/08/2019 16:28 Netherlands F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr587 22/08/2013 13:44 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr588 09/08/2019 16:32 Netherlands F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr597 16/08/2011 16:16 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr607 16/08/2011 16:28 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr608 29/08/2009 15:33 Germany F5.6 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

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Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

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