Sympetrum sanguineum (F)

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 July 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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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Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb capture and framing

15 Jul 2012 7:01am

marceline from tournai, Belgium

belle netteté sur le regard..

15 Jul 2012 10:03am

Anna de Vries from somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Mooie scherpte op zijn koppie, Johan!

15 Jul 2012 12:20pm

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Bijzonder mooie manier om de vleugels in beeld te brengen!

15 Jul 2012 3:54pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

so wonderful !!
five stars !

15 Jul 2012 8:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


16 Jul 2012 3:14am

Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm