Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)

The Black Darter is a dragonfly of the heath and moorland; it favours acidic boggy waters. Whether that be bog pools, ditches, or what ever does not seem to matter as long as Sphagnum mosses are present. With this as its main habitat it is not surprising that the Dorset heaths are a good place to find this particular insect.

Flying from July through until October they are about now but I have only ever seen females (as in the photograph) and never a male. The males are very black and have yellow marks and from illustrations I have seen they look really smart! That said, the female in her chocolate brown dress is pretty tasty too in my opinion, but then I like dragonflies!

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