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Almindelig hedelibel (Sympetrum vulgatum)

• Scientific name: Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
• English name: Moustached Darter
• German name: Gemeine Heidelibelle
• French name: Sympétrum vulgaire
• Dutch name: Steenrode heidelibel
• Swedish name: Tegelröd ängstrollslända
• Norwegian name: Sørlig høstlibelle
• Finnish name: Punasyyskorento
• Danish name: Almindelig hedelibel
• Italian name: Cardinale boreale
• Czech name: vážka obecná
• Slovenian name: Navadni kamenjak
• Bulgarian name: Есенно червениче
• Typical length: 35-40 mm
• Hindwing: 24-29 mm

Almindelig hedelibel (Sympetrum vulgatum)

Distribution map

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

The Moustached Darter is a very common species in Northern Europe, but it gets progressively rarer further South. In fact, it's virtually absent from Iberia, Italy, the Balkans and Greece. In terms of its shape and size, Sympetrum vulgatum is virtually identical to its more widespread stable mate the Common Darter. The species' main distinguishing features are the male's deep red colour, the reddish hue on the side of the thorax (by contrast, the Common Darter has two yellow patches on the side of its thorax), the black 'tear-drop' which runs down along the inside edge of the eye (and which is absent in S. striolatum), and the female's large vulvar scale, which sits at a 90-degree angle to the abdomen.

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

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