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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

• English name: Ruddy Darter
• German name: Blutrote Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum sanguin
• Dutch name: Bloedrode heidelibel
• Swedish name: Blodröd ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: Blodrød høstlibelle
• Finnish name: Verikorento
• Danish name: Blodrød hedelibel
• Italian name: Cardinale sanguineo
• Czech name: vážka rudá
• Slovenian name: Krvavordeči kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Кърваво червениче

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Sympetrum sanguineum

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


General • a small species, common throughout Europe except Iberia and the far north
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
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 • ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 34-39 mm; hindwing: 23-31 mm
Both sexesAbdomen• the side of the abdomen bears a row of black markings
  • the (upper) appendages are of the same colour as the abdomen
 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 blood-red (brown-yellow in immature males) and club-shaped, with some black markings on S8 and S9
FemaleThorax• the thorax is brown-yellow with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is brown-yellow, with some black markings on S8 and S9
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the south of Italy

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

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
Male head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr148 31/08/2013 11:06 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ⚤

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr151 07/08/2010 17:33 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr170 09/08/2011 12:16 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr172 12/09/2010 12:16 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ⚤

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr317 05/07/2006 15:31 Netherlands F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♀

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr236 30/08/2006 11:52 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♀

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♀

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr305 28/08/2009 15:13 Germany F8 1/80 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♂

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♀

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♀

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr348 07/08/2005 11:01 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF