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Sympetrum depressiusculum

• Scientific name: Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841)
• English name: Spotted Darter
• German name: Sumpf-Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum déprimé
• Dutch name: Kempense heidelibel
• Swedish name: Svartfläckad ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Cardinale padano
• Czech name: vážka rumělková
• Slovenian name: Stasiti kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Петнисто червениче
• Typical length: 29-34 mm
• Hindwing: 24-28 mm

Sympetrum depressiusculum

Distribution map

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies

The Spotted Darter used to be a very common species in Italy but over the past 40 years or so its numbers have declined dramatically. It's certainly a species we've never seen close to home, not even at some nearby rice fields. The nearest site we've discovered to date is a small marshy wetland area some 250 km away. Sympetrum depressiusculum is a small dragonfly of Central and Eastern Europe, with a few Western outposts in France and the Benelux. It's most easily recognised by its entirely black legs, by its slightly flattened abdomen, and more importantly, by the black triangular spots dorsally on the male's red (and female's yellow) abdomen.

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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr591 01/09/2006 11:56 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr588 01/09/2006 11:22 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr597 16/08/2011 16:16 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr608 29/08/2009 15:33 Germany F5.6 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr609 01/09/2006 15:55 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr612 16/08/2011 16:34 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr613 01/09/2006 17:11 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF