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Species Account for Sympetrum sanguineum

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Sympetrum sanguineum  Ruddy Darter
(Muller, 1764)
Odonata: Libellulidae

Ruddy darter female Copyright: Sue Grayston

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Taxonomic group: dragonflies & damselflies (Odonata) - Available county data

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Essex RDB: Listed

Records: 899
First Record: 1981
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 53
Pre-1992 hectads: 6
Total hectads: 53

Additional Phenology Data


Ruddy darter female
Ruddy darter female
Sympetrum sanguineum
Sympetrum sanguineum

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Species text
Sympetrum sanguineum is a bright red darter dragonfly with markedly 'club-tailed' abdomen. It has a south-eastern distribution in Britain and is rare in south-west England and Wales and becomes scarce in the north-Midlands extending as far north as Barnsley. It has shown a marked increase in abundance in recent decades and may be spreading northwards. It breeds in the marshy margins of ponds, lakes, old gravel and clay pits, canals and ditches where there is an abundance of tall emergent plants. It can tolerate quite brackish conditions and occurs in coastal grazing marshes where sea club rush is often dominant, and is often found in the company of Lestes dryas, using richly vegetated and brackish sites such as coastal and estuarine dykes choked with Sea Club-rush or Reed-mace (Benton 1988). References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 52 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 12 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 899 records with habitat detail and method information)

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