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Black Darter Dragonflies

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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Sympetrum danae

Size:  Body length approx 35mm.  Wingspan approx 50mm

Distribution:  Found throughout most of the UK except parts of central, southern and eastern England

Months seen:  July to October

Habitat:  Shallow, boggy ponds with plenty of vegetation

Food:  Flying invertebrates

Special features:  Mature male Black Darters are almost completely black, and have a narrow section halfway along their abdomen.

The females and juvenile males have a yellow body with just a few black markings.

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