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Ruddy Darters

Observed: 27th October 2012 By: Bogey the FungusmanBogey the Fungusman’s reputation in InvertebratesBogey the Fungusman’s reputation in InvertebratesBogey the Fungusman’s reputation in Invertebrates
Ruddy Darters [Male Top -Female Bottom] (Sympetrum sanguineum) Dyffryn House Gardens St Nicholas 27-10-12 IMG_9782
Ruddy Darters [Male Top -Female Bottom] (Sympetrum sanguineum) Dyffryn House Gardens St Nicholas 27-10-12 IMG_9781
Description:

Sunning themselves by an ornamental pond.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Roy

I was a bit undecided because of the colour, but the distinctive black marks on the 8th and 9th segments swung it for me.

Graham

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Use legs and face.

The best features are the legs, which never have a yellow stripe running along their length in Ruddy Darter (though can appear all dark on some aged Common Darters), and the extent of the black at the sides of the frons (face) - the black clearly extends down the side of the face on Ruddy, but is only along the top of the face on Common.

The black marks on the dorsal side of the 8th and 9th abdomen segments can be equally distinct in both species.

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Thanks

I obviously need to learn some more about dragon and damselflies.

Graham