Crocothemis erythraea

Scarlet Darter - This dragonfly has a very broad abdomen. The female as shown here are yellow-brown with pale stripe along the top of the thorax. Not as the name suggests! The male though is pure scarlet in colour. The Scarlet Darter is very rare in Britain and Ireland. I came across this female specimen at Cabanas De Tavira in the Algarve Portugal.

John Foss Nature Photography Birds Wild Flowers Wildlife Butterflies Moths Greaghnafarna Ballinaglera Ireland Leitrim Derby England UK Algarve Portugal