Southern darter

Sympetrum meridionale

A small dragonfly with a body length of 35-40 mm and a hindwing length of 25-30 mm, the orange-red abdomen in males, black-lined yellow abdomen in females, and black-striped yellow legs are characteristic. This dragonfly lives in non-shaded, hot shallow ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes. This species flies May through October, spending much time perched on the water’s edge.

 

 male

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 female

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