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Cardinale padano (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

Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum)

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
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 Central Italy

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr584 21/08/2013 10:45 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr585 08/08/2006 13:49 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr593 17/09/2009 12:36 Belgium F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr595 17/09/2009 14:18 Belgium F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr596 01/09/2006 14:24 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr590 18/09/2009 11:17 Belgium F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr591 01/09/2006 11:56 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr594 29/08/2009 15:31 Germany F5.6 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr592 21/08/2013 14:09 Italy F8 1/750 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr586 22/08/2013 13:41 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Cardinale padano (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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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr588 01/09/2006 11:22 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr597 16/08/2011 16:16 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr607 16/08/2011 16:28 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Cardinale padano (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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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr609 01/09/2006 15:55 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr610 01/09/2006 16:04 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr611 01/09/2006 16:53 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr612 16/08/2011 16:34 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr613 01/09/2006 17:11 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF