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Sympetrum meridionale

• 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

Sympetrum meridionale

Distribution map Sympetrum meridionale

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
Scientific name Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)
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
  • this species is often affected by red mites in the wings
Habitat • shallow ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 35-40 mm; hindwing: 25-30 mm
Both sexesWings• the pterostigma is comparatively large
 Legs➤ the legs are yellow with a black stripe on the tibia and femur
MaleThorax• the thorax is brown-red (yellow in immature males) with, on the side, very thin black lines
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is red (yellow in immature males) with hardly any black spots
  • the abdomen is not club-shaped
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow with, on the side, very thin black lines
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is yellow with black spots dorsally and laterally on S8 and S9; the side of the abdomen bears a thin black line along the bottom edge
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the South of Italy

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

Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale)
Male head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr016 03/08/2015 11:37 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr017 12/08/2015 12:08 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr162 04/07/2012 13:20 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr315 04/07/2012 15:12 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr319 10/08/2014 13:26 Italy F9.5 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr341 10/08/2014 13:52 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr349 28/08/2008 12:46 Italy F8 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr350 27/07/2016 10:25 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr351 25/08/2005 15:01 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr352 30/08/2009 14:24 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr357 15/08/2017 13:38 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr358 16/08/2013 09:42 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr359 27/08/2014 11:50 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr360 03/08/2015 11:43 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr365 09/08/2011 12:04 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr366 07/08/2010 15:26 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr367 15/08/2017 14:40 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr368 12/08/2015 11:42 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr372 01/10/2006 14:40 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr600 09/08/2011 11:53 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF