Danish common name: Rødåret Hedelibel.

The male’s gaudy appearance and active behaviour is quite different from its more restful and subdued congeners. Indeed, genetics suggest this species is not a Sympetrum at all. A strong migrant, erratic influxes are seen in northern Europe in early summer, when other Sympetrum are only beginning to emerge. A swift red dragonfly seen there in May or June is therefore likely to be this species.


Total: 33-40 mm.
Abdomen: 22-29 mm.
Hindwing: 26-31 mm.


Warm, still waters, often open, bare and shallow, such as quarry lakes, sand pits, newly created ponds and coastal lagoons.

Flight Season

From end of May to mid August.

Range and Status

Rare in Denmark.