Scientific name: Sympetrum striolatum
The Common darter is a red, narrow-bodied dragonfly that can be seen throughout summer and autumn. It is hovers around all kinds of waterbodies, darting out to surprise its prey.
When to seeJuly to October
AboutThe Common darter is a small, narrow-bodied dragonfly that is typically on the wing from July to October, but can appear as early as May and still be around in December if its mild. This is a very common dragonfly, breeding in all sorts of waterbodies from ponds and ditches, to rivers and lakes. As their name suggests, Common darters dart forward suddenly from a hovering position to catch their insect-prey. They then take their catch to a favoured perch to eat it.
How to identifyMale Common darters are bright red, while the females and immature adults are golden-brown. There are several similar-looking red darters which can be very difficult to tell apart.
In our area
Common Darter is a common, widespread species in Montgomeryshire