Female sympetrum danae
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|Female Black Darter / Sympetrum danae / Zwarte heidelibel vrouwtje / Schwarze Heidelibelle Weibchen /|
Le sympétrum noir Femelle
Locally common and widespread. A late flying species which can be seen from July to the end of October. This small darter is found on heaths and lowland.
Females and immature males are similar to other Darters but are relatively smaller, with all-black legs, a black triangle on top of the thorax and a black stripe with a row of three yellow spots on it on the side of the thorax.
KEY IDENTIFICATION FEATURES:
-small dark species with black legs and (in mature specimens) pterostigma in both sexes
-in immature specimens of both sexes the pterostigma is pale with a black outer margin
-mature males have waisted, black abdomen with yellow spots on sides
-females dull brown with black markings on thorax and yellow tint to base of wings
-immature males bright golden yellow
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