Common Darter

Posted: June 25, 2014 in Dragonflies, Natural History
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The Common Darters are just beginning to emerge. They will continue to be on the wing throughout the summer and into the autumn. They may even be seen into November and are often the last dragonfly of the year still flying. They can be found around still water bodies ranging from lakes to garden ponds, but may also be found away from water. They are common across the UK although less abundant in Scotland. They are sometimes confused with the similar Ruddy Darter, but Common males never achieve the dark red colour of the later species. Differentiation of the females is more problematic but unlike the Ruddy, the Common Darter does not have a waisted body.

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