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Punasyyskorento (Sympetrum vulgatum)

• 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

Punasyyskorento (Sympetrum vulgatum)

Distribution map Sympetrum vulgatum

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


General • a small species, common in Central and Eastern Europe; rare in the far North and the South
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
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: 35-40 mm; hindwing: 24-29 mm
Both sexesHead➤ there is a black 'teardrop' along the edge of the eye
 Legs• the legs are black with a (reddish) yellow stripe on the tibia and femur
MaleThorax➤ the thorax is brown with, on the side, black lines but no bright yellow bands
 Abdomen• the abdomen is red (yellow in immature males) with black spots dorsally on S8-S9 and a thin black line along the bottom edge
  • the abdomen is not club-shaped
FemaleThorax• the thorax is yellow-brown with black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen bears two rows of small black spots laterally, with further black spots dorsally on S8-S9 and a thin black line along the bottom edge
  ➤ the large vulvar scale sits perpendicular to the abdomen
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Bavaria and Belgium

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

Sympetrum vulgatum; head
Note: this 'teardrop' is absent in S. striolatum.

Sympetrum striolatum (left) and S. vulgatum (right); thorax, male
Note the bright yellow bands in S. striolatum.
In S. vulgatum the pale yellow bands of immature males become red with age.

Sympetrum vulgatum; vulvar scale, female
Note: S. danae too has a large vulvar scale,
but her legs are all black.

Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)
Male in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)
Male head and thorax in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Punasyyskorento (Sympetrum vulgatum) ♂

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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr799 08/09/2008 12:04 Netherlands F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Punasyyskorento (Sympetrum vulgatum) ♂

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Punasyyskorento (Sympetrum vulgatum) ♀

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Punasyyskorento (Sympetrum vulgatum) ♀

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Punasyyskorento (Sympetrum vulgatum) ♂

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Punasyyskorento (Sympetrum vulgatum) ♀

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