Common Darter

Sympetrum striolatum


Over all length 33 - 44mm. The male is red-brown, the female yellow-brown. The male has two yellow diagonal bands across the sides of its thorax. Both sexes have a thin yellow line down the outer sides of the legs.


Can be found around most water bodies. Away from water, likes hedgerows with rank growth that are sheltered and catch the sun. Often hunts along paths.

Status and distribution

Very common throughout most of Britain. Common at the lagoons where it can crop up anywhere.

Best time to see

June to October.