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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum)

• English name: Banded Darter
• German name: Gebänderte Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum du Piémont
• Dutch name: Bandheidelibel
• Swedish name: Bandad ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Vyösyyskorento
• Danish name: Båndet hedelibel
• Italian name: Cardinale alifasciate
• Czech name: vážka podhorní
• Slovenian name: Pasasti kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Поясно червениче

Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Sympetrum pedemontanum

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 eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766)
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 • slow-flowing streams and canals, but also lakes and ponds
Dimensions • typical body length: 28-35 mm; hindwing: 18-24 mm
Both sexesWings➤ each wing bears a dark band
 Legs• the legs are all black
MaleThorax• the thorax is reddish brown
 Abdomen• the abdomen is red and slightly club-shaped, with some black markings on S8 and S9
 Wings• the pterostigma is red
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow/brown
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is yellow with black markings on S8 and S9 and a thin black mid-dorsal line; the underside of the abdomen is black
 Wings• the pterostigma is creamy white
Photographs • our photos below were made in central and northern Italy, Bavaria, Belgium and the Netherlands

Sympetrum pedemontanum; front wing, male (left) and female (right)
Note the red (male) and white (female) pterostigma and the dark band that runs through the wing.

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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♀

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr537 15/09/2007 14:58 Belgium F5.6 1/50 180mm ISO100 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♀

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr538 07/08/2019 12:57 Belgium F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr539 13/08/2019 09:47 Netherlands F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr540 28/08/2009 10:15 Germany F5.6 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr541 13/08/2019 10:40 Netherlands F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ⚤

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr542 21/08/2013 09:22 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr543 13/08/2019 10:42 Netherlands F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr544 05/08/2007 16:26 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ⚤

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr545 21/08/2013 14:04 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr546 13/08/2019 11:26 Netherlands F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr547 05/08/2007 16:41 Italy F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♀

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr548 13/08/2019 12:16 Netherlands F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♀

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr550 28/08/2009 10:49 Germany F5.6 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr551 05/08/2007 18:04 Italy F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♀

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr552 13/08/2019 12:43 Netherlands F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr553 28/08/2009 12:05 Germany F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr554 07/08/2019 10:22 Belgium F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr555 16/08/2011 14:21 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr556 05/08/2007 17:35 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF