Most often mistaken for Sympetrum striolatum, although generally more common than that species in the north of its range. Both sexes are normally swiftly identified by their ‘drooping moustache’, while the female has a perpendicularly protruding vulvar scale.
Total: 35-40 mm.
Abdomen: 23-28 mm.
Hindwing: 24-29 mm.
All sorts of standing water, generally more lushly vegetated than the breeding sites of Sympetrum striolatum.
From June to October.