Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)
Species
Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea). Male. Taken in the Brenne, France on June 24th 2010. Approx 3.5x lifesize.
Male. Taken in the Brenne, France on June 24th 2010.
(1/800th sec at f11. Approx 2x lifesize. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea). Male. Taken at General Todorov, Bulgaria, on June 25th 2014. Approx 3.5x lifesize.
Male. Taken at General Todorov, Bulgaria, on June 25th 2014.
(1/160th sec at f14. Approx 2x lifesize. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea). Immature male. Taken at Golobradovo, Bulgaria, on June 20th 2014. Approx 3.5x lifesize.
Immature male. Taken at Golobradovo, Bulgaria, on June 20th 2014.
(1/400th sec at f13. Approx 2x lifesize. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea). Female. Taken at Masta River fishponds, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015. Approx 3.5x lifesize.
Female. Taken at Masta River fishponds, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015.
(1/640th sec at f9. Approx 2x lifesize. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

Wingspan: 46 - 66 mm; Body length: 36 - 45 mm

Also known as the Scarlet Darter, this is essentially an African species that extends into Europe. The all-red male is becoming an increasingly common sight further north. All all ages the wings are clear, with a large amber patch at the hindwing base. There is no black on the legs, head or thorax. The pterostigma are yellowish-brown.

It is found quite widely in southern, central and western Europe, and is an occasional vagrant in the British Isles.

It will utilise almost any open, stagnant water, including rice paddies and brackish lagoons.

The flight period is from mid-June to early September in northern Europe.

Males are territorial at their breeding sites, perching like other darters with their wings well forward.

Sightings

15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (2)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1m,1f)
23-Jul-2015 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
25-Jun-2014 : Rupite Hot Springs, Bulgaria
25-Jun-2014 : General Todorov, Bulgaria
24-Jun-2014 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
20-Jun-2014 : Golobradovo, Bulgaria
20-Jun-2014 : Basalt pools, Bulgaria