Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae native to Eurasia. It is one of the most common dragonflies in Europe, occurring in a wide variety of water bodies, with a preference for breeding in still water such as ponds and lakes. In the south of its range adults are on the wing all year round. Sympetrum species are not easy to tell apart and in most areas more than one Sympetrum species will occur.
Thursley Common has prime habitat for Common Darter and several other dragonfly species. The photograph shows a mature male Common Darter.
Location: Thursley Common, Surrey
Species: Sympetrum striolatum
Date taken: 14/09/2016