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Common Darter II

Common Darter II
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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ, 38-380mm built-in
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-16 1:38
Viewed: 4995
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common and widespread. Adults can be seen from mid June to the end of October. The records indicate this is the commonest and most widespread Sympetrum species in Moldova. It does however vary considerably in abundance from year to year. Favoured breeding sites include shallow pools and small lakes. It is a rapid coloniser of newly-created ponds.

This species is similar to the Ruddy Darter S. sanguineum however in the the Ruddy Darter the males are a deeper red, the abdomen is waisted and the legs are all black. It could also be confused with rarer migrant red Darters such as the Red-veined Darter S. fonscolombii or the Yellow-winged Darter S. flaveolum. However in the former the wing veins are red and in the latter there are extensive yellow patches at the base of the wings.


mature males have orange-red unwaisted abdomen
females dull yellow-brown
legs with pale stripes

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Hi Sochirca,
dragonflies are so beautiful, yours is very pretty with good sharpness and from a good POV.
There's a nice reflection in the dark-red eyes.
Dragonflies are so interesting, I have to look to every photo, which is shown here, thank you very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-11-16 4:09]

Very good shot od this Odonata!
Also common in Portugal.
Very good colors and details!

Nice detail and well exposed, good work.


It's a beautiful photograph, but I think it's a Ruddy darter, rather than a common, isn't it? Red face, black legs, waisted abdomen - nothing common about that!

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