Sympetrum sanguineum (F) (NL: Bloedrode heidelibel / EN: Ruddy Darter / DE: Blutrote Heidelibelle / FR: Sympétrum rouge sang) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. It attains a wingspan of up to 6 cm. The head, thorax and abdomen of the male are vivid red, while the female (see image) is slightly smaller, and is a golden-yellow colour with black markings. The abdomen widens for the final third of its length and shows a marked pinched section where it joins the thorax. The all-black legs distinguish it from the otherwise very similar Sympetrum striolatum and Sympetrum vulgatum, both of which show yellow stripes on their legs.
Image: Schilde (BE) – 12/06/2012
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