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Sympetrum sanguineum

Blodrød Hedelibel

July 14, 2012
  • Suborder:
    Anisoptera
  • Family:
    Libellulidae
  • Genus:
    Sympetrum
About

A familiar dragonfly in much of our area. Mature males are easily identified by their all-black legs and slightly clubbed, blood-red abdomen.

Size

Total: 34-39 mm.
Abdomen: 20-26 mm.
Hindwing: 23-31 mm.

Habitat

Most waters with lush marshy vegetation, but generally avoids running or acidic waters. Sites are often eutrophic and permanent, but also breeds in seasonally wet swamps.

Flight Season

From early June to October. Most abundant in August.

Range and Status

Common in Denmark.



 

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