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The Common Darter Dragonfly (Sympetrum striolatum) is of the family Libellulidae which is in the genus Sympetrum. This is the commonest dragonfly that occurs throughout Eurasia. In the southern part of its range the flight season is year round. In Britain and Ireland it is on the wing from June to late October. Separate with care from the very similar Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) which has all black legs and a slightly tapered mid abdomen.
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
COMMON DARTER DRAGONFLY (Sympetrum striolatum) pair copulating Lullymore West Bog, Lullymore, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Labels: Bog of Allen, Co. Kildare, Common Darter Dragonfly, dragonflies, Dragonflies of Europe, Dragonflies of Ireland, dragonfly, Ireland, Irish Dragonflies, Lullymore, Lullymore West Bog, Odonata, Sympetrum striolatum