First 2012 Dragon

First 2012 Dragon

Observation - First 2012 Dragon. Description: ... for an excited me, that is, and it was a bit of a surprise when it landed beside me last week whilst wandering about the island of Madeira. This looks very like a Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and if I'm reading the literature corre

... for an excited me, that is, and it was a bit of a surprise when it landed beside me last week whilst wandering about the island of Madeira.

This looks very like a Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and if I'm reading the literature correctly, the fact that this is on Madeira makes it a derivative of S. striolatum, called an Island Darter (S. nigrifemur). This individual's femurs certainly look quite black, though not completely so.