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PICTURE: Ruddy Darter, Rimac, Theddlethorpe Dunes, Lincolnshire, July 2011.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is widespread throughout England and Ireland, and numbers are re-enforced by immigrants from the Europe. In Wales it is found mainly on the south and west coasts. In Scotland it is localised, to be found in a  few places on the south east, and south west coasts.

WING SPAN: 54mm to 56mm.             BODY LENGTH: 33mm to 35mm.             

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species emerges around the middle of June, and can be on the wing from any time from June to September, or early October.

LARVAL PERIOD: The eggs are laid in flight, amongst vegetation, or into mud. Egg laying is performed whilst the male and female are still in tandem, or with the male in attendance. The eggs only hatch when fully covered by water, eggs hatch within a few weeks, or if laid late in the season they hatch in the following spring.  The larvae live in the weed and mud and emerge in a few weeks, or in the following spring and summer, usually in the morning.

HABITAT: Habitats are sluggish, or still well vegetated, and often over grown bodies of water.. These dragonflies perch in favourite places in their territory, and intercept intruders in their air space.

FOOD SOURCE: Various species of invertebrates.         STATUS: Resident.

SIMILAR SPECIES: Common, Red-veined, Yellow-winged and Southern Darter males have a similar appearance.

       
               
             
               
             
 

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