Scarlet Darter

Crocothemis erythraea

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Length: 33-44mm

Flight period: UK records from mid-June to early September

This darter has a flattened abdomen appearing rather broad compared to other UK darters.

Male: vividly bright scarlet and unmistakeable. The veins on the leading edges of the wings are also red.

Females and immatures: yellow-brown with a conspicuous pale stripe along the top of the thorax, between the wings.


Found near shallow, still waters such as small pools, rice paddies and drainage channels.

Status & Distribution

Rare migrant from Southern Europe. First recorded in 1995.

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Similar species

Unlikely to be mistaken for any other species.