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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

• English name: Red-Veined Darter
• German name: Frühe Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum de Fonscolombe
• Dutch name: Zwervende heidelibel
• Swedish name: Vandrande ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Kulkusyyskorento
• Danish name: Rødåret hedelibel
• Italian name: Cardinale venerosse
• Czech name: vážka jarní
• Slovenian name: Malinovordeči kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Синеоко червениче

Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

Distribution map Sympetrum fonscolombii

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


General • a small species of Central and especially Southern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
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
  • a bit bigger and more robust than other Sympetrum species
Habitat • shallow ponds and lakes; also rice fields
Dimensions • typical body length: 33-40 mm; hindwing: 26-31 mm
Both sexesHead➤ (part of) the underside of the eye is blue-grey
 Wings➤ the hindwing bears a fairly large orange patch at the base
  ➤ the veins close to the wing base are red (in mature males) or yellow (in immature males and females)
 Legs• the legs are black with a yellow stripe on the tibia and femur
MaleThorax• the thorax is red with black lines and two white bands on the side; the distal band may be obscured
 Abdomen• the abdomen is red (yellow in immature males) with black spots dorsally and laterally on S8-S9 and a thin black line along the bottom edge
  • the abdomen is not club-shaped
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is yellow with black spots dorsally and laterally on S8 and S9; the side of the abdomen bears two rows of black markings
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view.

Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
Female head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♂

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♀

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♀

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♂

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♂

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♀

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♀

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♀

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♀

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♀

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Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ♂

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