Sympetrum danae (Black Darter / Zwarte heidelibel) is a very active summer dragonfly from the Libellulidae family, restricted to acidic shallow pools, lake margins and ditches in lowland heath and moorland bogs, usually with bog-mosses. With a lenght of 29 - 34 mm it is the smallest member of the genus. Both sexes have black legs and pterostigma and a very broad base to the hind wing. The thorax has yellow sides separated by a bold black panel in which are three yellow spots. In this image you can see a male which has a mainly black thorax and abdomen. The abdomen has small yellow marks on the side, that darken with age. The wings are clear. (The female has brown eyes. The abdomen is mainly yellow, becoming browner with age. It has small yellow patches at the wing bases.)
Image: Kalmthout (BE) - 07/07/2010
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