Caroline Gill's Wildlife Record:
Suffolk Horizons (and the World beyond her Window)
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Dragonflies (3): Scarlet Darter
The stunning Scarlet Darter, Peloponnese, Greece
We had a slight frost last night, and I found my mind wandering to warmer climes! We spotted this fine Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) near the frogs on their lily pads in the Pylos area of the Peloponnese back in September. Apparently this is as 'red as it gets' in the field of European Odonata. I am quoting Macropoulos, whose spectacular photographs of the same species can be found here, here and here. I understand this Dragonfly has occasionally been seen in the UK. Thanks to David Element's information, I am pretty sure that the Darter in my photograph is an adult male. These Dragonflies have their own Facebook page!