Scarlet Darter Dragonfly Crocothemis erythraea

Scarlet Darter Dragonfly male
Scarlet Darter Dragonfly male
As its name indicates the Scarlet Darter Dragonfly adult male (above) is bright scarlet. Not a typical darter shape, it has a wide, flattened body.
It is a recent and rare migrant to the UK from southern Europe.
Scarlet Darter Dragonfly male face
Scarlet Darter Dragonfly male face
A territorially aggressive dragonfly to its own kind, the adult male (above) is not shy and this one may even see its reflection in the close camera lens.
Scarlet Darter Dragonfly female
Scarlet Darter Dragonfly female
The female Scarlet Darter Dragonfly (above) is brown, with a distinctive white stripe along the centre of her thorax. The white stripe darkens with age, but the black stripe on the abdomen remains.
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly male
He has orange-brown "sweat marks under his arms"
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly male
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly male
The Scarlet Darter male often assumes a posture with forward lowered wings like the Dropwing dragonflies.
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly female The white on the thorax faded and body darkened with age
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly female She has pretty mauve and blue eyes
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly female Scarlet Darters coupled
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly newly-emerged
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly new
Red-veined Darter Dragonfly teneral male