Sympetrum sanguineum | Ruddy Darter | Sciobaire Cosdubh
Ireland: Least Concern
EU: Least Concern
There is no evidence of any significant change in its distribution.
Both sexes have clear wings with a light brown wing spot, a yellow patch at the base and black legs. They both also have black markings on segment 8 and 9 of the abdomen. Males have a waisted abdomen, they start out golden yellow but turn blood-red when mature and have a reddish-brown thorax.
Mature females have an unwaisted golden yellow abdomen with a black stripe down the centre.
Adult habitat & habits
Flight is typically short and bouncy. Likes to perch on waterside vegetation. They’re not territorial.
Prefers well vegetated (emergent plants), small and shallow ponds, bog pools, lakes turloughs, canals and ditches. Generally avoids acidic and fast running water, although sometimes breeds in dense vegetation of slow-flowing sections of a river.
June to September (occasionally May and/or October)
Widespread throughout Ireland although quite sparse in the south west and absent from large areas up north.
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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