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Sympetrum meridionale

• Scientific name: Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)
• English name: Southern Darter
• German name: Südliche Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum méridional
• Dutch name: Zuidelijke heidelibel
• Swedish name: Ljusröd ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Cardinale meridionale
• Czech name: vážka jižní
• Slovenian name: Sredozemski kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Бледо червениче
• Typical length: 35-40 mm
• Hindwing: 25-30 mm

Sympetrum meridionale

Distribution map

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

The Southern Darter occurs mainly in France, Italy, the Balkans and Greece. It's a medium-sized dragonfly. Sympetrum meridionale is really quite a nondescript species and as such is most easily identified by excluding the other, more characteristic Darter species. Its thorax and abdomen (orangey red in the male; yellow in the female) are pale and largely unmarked, and its legs are largely yellow. This species - maybe more than any other Darter - is very prone to being infested by parasitic mites (see some of our photographs below).

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

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