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Banded Darter

Sympetrum pedemontanum

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Length: 32mm
A small darter with black legs and broad hind wings. Both sexes have a brown band across each wing just inside the pale yellow to red pterostigma.
The male is blood-red and the female ochre-brown.


Frequents marshes, swamps and pools with dense reed beds usually in hilly country.

Status & Distribution

Very rare migrant. One record from Gwent in 1995.

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Similar species

Couldn't be mistaken for any other species.