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Wüsten-Heidelibelle (Sympetrum sinaiticum)

• English name: Desert Darter
• German name: Wüsten-Heidelibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Woestijnheidelibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Cardinale del deserto
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Wüsten-Heidelibelle (Sympetrum sinaiticum)

Distribution map Sympetrum sinaiticum

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


General • a small species which in Europe occurs only in Eastern and Southern Spain
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Sympetrum sinaiticum Dumont, 1977
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 aestivates during the hottest, driest summer months
Habitat • ponds and pools, but also streams and ditches (e.g. in desert oases)
Dimensions • typical body length: 34-37 mm; hindwing: 24-29 mm
Both sexesAbdomen➤ the abdomen bears three black bars laterally on S1-S3
 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 black spots on S8 and S9, and a thin black line along the bottom edge
  • 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 laterally (and dorsally on S8 and S9); the side of the abdomen bears a thin black line along the bottom edge
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Tunisia and Andalusia

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

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

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Wüsten-Heidelibelle (Sympetrum sinaiticum) ♂

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