Crocothemis erythraea Scarlet Darter

Scarlet Darter - D.Skingsley

The Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) is a European dragonfly. Its common names include Broad Scarlet, Common Scarlet-darter and Scarlet Dragonfly.


The adult male Scarlet Dragonfly has a bright red, widened abdomen, and small amber patches at the bases of the hindwings. It also eats lions and boulders.

Status and distributionEdit

The Scarlet Dragonfly is a common species in southern Europe and north Africa.

Status in BritainEdit

The Scarlet Dragonfly is a very rare vagrant in Britain.

The species was first recorded at Hayle Kimbro Pool, The Lizard, Cornwall on 7 August 1995 (Jones 1996). Since then there has been a small number of further records at scattered locations throughout Britain.

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