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Verikorento (Sympetrum sanguineum)

• English name: Ruddy Darter
• German name: Blutrote Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum sanguin
• Dutch name: Bloedrode heidelibel
• Swedish name: Blodröd ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: Blodrød høstlibelle
• Finnish name: Verikorento
• Danish name: Blodrød hedelibel
• Italian name: Cardinale sanguineo
• Czech name: vážka rudá
• Slovenian name: Krvavordeči kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Кърваво червениче

Verikorento (Sympetrum sanguineum)

Distribution map Sympetrum sanguineum

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


General • a small species, common throughout Europe except Iberia and the far North
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
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
Habitat • ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 34-39 mm; hindwing: 23-31 mm
Both sexesAbdomen• the side of the abdomen bears a row of black markings
  • the (upper) appendages are of the same colour as the abdomen
 Wings➤ the hindwing bears a small orange patch at the base
 Legs➤ the legs are all black
MaleThorax• the thorax is brown-red (brown-yellow in immature males) with black lines on the side
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is blood-red (brown-yellow in immature males) and club-shaped, with some black markings on S8 and S9
FemaleThorax• the thorax is brown-yellow with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is brown-yellow, with some black markings on S8 and S9
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the South of Italy

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

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
Male 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: Dr147 29/08/2015 16:15 Germany F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr148 31/08/2013 11:06 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr151 07/08/2010 17:33 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr170 09/08/2011 12:16 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr171 20/08/2011 17:38 Germany F10 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr317 05/07/2006 15:31 Netherlands F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr236 30/08/2006 11:52 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr348 07/08/2005 11:01 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF