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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.
Couldn't be mistaken for any other species.