Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
37mm, Wings 57mm.
Thorax brown with yellow patches on sides; abdomen orange/red with black central line last 2 segments ; legs black/yellow; eyes brownish; black line top of frons only.
Thorax pale brown with yellow side panels; abdomen yellow with black central line segments 9-10 and along sides. Old females tend to take on male colours.
Find many males together over water. Eggs laid in tandem, eggs flipped into water. Larvae 1 year.
Mid-June to October. Found throughout England and Wales except very high ground.