Species Account for Sympetrum sanguineum
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Taxonomic group: dragonflies & damselflies (Odonata) - Available county data
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