Black Darter Dragonfly - Western Isles
(Black Meadowhawk) - Sympetrum danae
The smallest of the UK's Dragonflies. This beautiful dragonfly can frequently be seen in The Western Isles, Scotland and throughout the UK. They are known as meadowhawks in the United States.
Black Darter Dragonfly - Description
Some yellow markings remain along the sides of the abdomen & thorax. Females & immature males have a yellow abdomen & brown thorax marked with a black triangle on top. The side of the thorax & the lower part of the abdomen is strongly marked in black. The black darter is 29-34mm long.
Although this dragonfly isn't of the pretty colours that some dragonflies are, it is very interesting to watch. They will perch on a sunny spot on the ground. Their flight is a little skittish, they often fly away as you approach, however on odd occasions they are still & you can get very close view. Males are not territorial, but actively seek out females.
Dragonflies are really beautiful insects which capture the essence of summer. They act out for you their intricate aerobatics and its a pleasure to watch their behaviour.
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|Inches and cm sizes are approximate|