Sussex Dragonfly Group

Scarlet Dragonfly (Broad Scarlet or Scarlet Darter)
Crocothemis erythraea (Brulle, 1832)
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Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae

Scarlet Dragonfly
(Broad Scarlet or Scarlet Darter)
Crocothemis erythraea

Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae

This large, red darter is a very rare migrant from southern Europe to Sussex with just one record (in 2019) up to 2020.

Crocothemis erythraea
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immature male
Photo: David Sadler
Crocothemis erythraea
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female
Photo: David Sadler
Crocothemis erythraea
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male
Photo: David Sadler

National status
A rare migrant that was first recorded in 1995. Records have come from the coasts of both southern England and East Anglia, and from the Solway Firth.

Status in Sussex
There is just one documented record of this dragonfly in Sussex: a male was photographed by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps at Pannel Valley, Icklesham on 21 July 2019.

Distribution at 1km scale

Crocothemis erythraea distribution (all)
Crocothemis erythraea distribution pre 1980
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 1980 - 1989
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 1990 - 1999
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 2000 - 2009
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 2010 - 2019
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 2010 on

Flight times
June - September ( BDS website).

Phenology (adult)

Crocothemis erythraea phenology (all)
Crocothemis erythraea phenology pre 1980
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 1980 - 1989
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 1990 - 1999
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 2000 - 2009
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 2010 - 2019
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 2010 on

Habitat
Found near shallow, still waters such as small pools and drainage channels.

Similar species
See Common Darter for a discussion of identification features of possible confusion darter species (and a photographic comparison). The large size, broad abdomen and bright red coloration should make this a relatively easy species to identify.

This large, red darter is a very rare migrant from southern Europe to Sussex with just one record (in 2019) up to 2020.

Crocothemis erythraea
1 / 3
immature male
Photo: David Sadler
Crocothemis erythraea
2 / 3
female
Photo: David Sadler
Crocothemis erythraea
3 / 3
male
Photo: David Sadler

National status
A rare migrant that was first recorded in 1995. Records have come from the coasts of both southern England and East Anglia, and from the Solway Firth.

Status in Sussex
There is just one documented record of this dragonfly in Sussex: a male was photographed by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps at Pannel Valley, Icklesham on 21 July 2019.

Distribution at 1km scale

Crocothemis erythraea distribution (all)
Crocothemis erythraea distribution bre 1980
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 1980 - 1989
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 1990 - 1999
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 2000 - 2009
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 2010 - 2019
Crocothemis erythraea distribution 2020 on

Flight times
June - September ( BDS website).

Phenology (adult)

Crocothemis erythraea phenology (all)
Crocothemis erythraea phenology pre 1980
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 1980 - 1989
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 1990 - 1999
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 2000 - 2009
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 2010 - 2019
Crocothemis erythraea phenology 2020 on

Habitat
Found near shallow, still waters such as small pools and drainage channels.

Similar species
See Common Darter for a discussion of identification features of possible confusion darter species (and a photographic comparison). The large size, broad abdomen and bright red coloration should make this a relatively easy species to identify.