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Rødåret hedelibel (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

• English name: Red-Veined Darter
• German name: Frühe Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum de Fonscolombe
• Dutch name: Zwervende heidelibel
• Swedish name: Vandrande ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Kulkusyyskorento
• Danish name: Rødåret hedelibel
• Italian name: Cardinale venerosse
• Czech name: vážka jarní
• Slovenian name: Malinovordeči kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Синеоко червениче

Rødåret hedelibel (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Sympetrum fonscolombii

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


General • a small species of central and especially southern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • libellulids are 'sitters': males spend a lot of time perched at the water's edge, waiting for females
  • all European Sympetrum species oviposit in tandem
  • a bit bigger and more robust than other Sympetrum species
Habitat • shallow ponds and lakes; also rice fields
Dimensions • typical body length: 33-40 mm; hindwing: 26-31 mm
Both sexesHead➤ (part of) the underside of the eye is blue-grey
 Wings➤ the hindwing bears a fairly large orange patch at the base
  ➤ the veins close to the wing base are red (in mature males) or yellow (in immature males and females)
 Legs• the legs are black with a yellow stripe on the tibia and femur
MaleThorax• the thorax is red with black lines and two white bands on the side; the distal band may be obscured
 Abdomen• the abdomen is red (yellow in immature males) with black spots dorsally and laterally on S8-S9 and a thin black line along the bottom edge
  • the abdomen is not club-shaped
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is yellow with black spots dorsally and laterally on S8 and S9; the side of the abdomen bears two rows of black markings
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view.

Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
Female head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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