Europian Dragonfly Vagrant Darter (Male) - Sympetrum sanguineum

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Seen during a wonderful 20 km hike in Müritz National Park ( a really lovely landscape in Northern Germany) on the wire fence of a meadow.

The Vagrant Darter, Sympetrum sanguineum, is a European dragonfly.

The species takes it English name from its habit of occasionally appearing as a rare vagrant north of its normal range.
It is a dragonfly of the family sailing dragonflies (Libellulidae). These are a family of large dragonflies (Anisoptera). It is a medium-sized dragonfly with a wingspan of 5 to 6.5 centimeters.

The head, chest (thorax) and hindquarters (abdomen) of the animals are red in the male, the female is more brownish-yellow-red colored with black markings.

You can find the Vagrant Darter in the months from July to November at all kinds of stagnant waters, including smaller waters and garden ponds.

Warmly recommended to view Large On Black

Die Blutrote Heidelibelle (Sympetrum sanguineum) ist eine Libellenart aus der Familie der Segellibellen (Libellulidae). Diese sind eine Familie der Großlibellen (Anisoptera). Es handelt sich dabei um eine mittelgroße Libelle mit einer Flügelspannweite von 5 bis maximal 6,5 Zentimetern.

Der Kopf, der Brustabschnitt (Thorax) und der Hinterleib (Abdomen) der Tiere sind beim Männchen rot, beim Weibchen eher bräunlich-gelbrot mit schwarzer Zeichnung gefärbt.

Die Gemeine Heidelibelle ist in den Monaten Juli bis November an stehenden Gewässern aller Art anzutreffen, darunter auch Kleingewässer und Gartenteiche. Wikipedia

Während einer 20 km langen Wanderung im Müritz National Park sah ich viele Libellen. An dem Tag sind alle drei Aufnahmen entstanden.

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  1. _Zinni_ 68 months ago | reply

    Ein tolles Makro mit klasse Details!

  2. c0gnate 68 months ago | reply

    well seen!

  3. Colorado Sands (away) 67 months ago | reply

    A great find and capture!

  4. CpaKmoi 63 months ago | reply


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  6. Corkneyfonz 61 months ago | reply

    Love the perspective, nice to see one in its environment, outstanding close up work.

  7. Chris@184 57 months ago | reply

    Lovely image :)
    It's a Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum male
    Black legs, club shaped abdomen, bright red colour, red face

    Vagrant Darter is so called because it's vagrant to England, though it occurs north to Finland.
    I much prefer the name Moustached Darter which is appropriate throughout its range

  8. Batikart 57 months ago | reply

    Many thanks Chris ... I changed it! The fine differences are difficult to see and you
    seem to be an expert!

  9. Steve Taylor (Photography) 55 months ago | reply

    It looks like it has just had some sad news

  10. Rondlarg Photos - back again 53 months ago | reply

    Fantastische Makro Komposition mit einem tollen Hintergrund!
    Die Details sind sagenhaft!

  11. MAXDB 35 months ago | reply

    Una splendida macro con un magnifico dettaglio e colori molto belli

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