|Sympetrum pedemontanum (Mueller
in Allioni, 1776), The Banded Darter is a European species of dragonfly
of the family Libellulidae.
Length around 32mm, this species
is a small darter with black legs and broad hind wings. Males of the Banded
Darter, like most members of the genus, have a red abdomen and the female
ochre-brown. Both sexes have a brown band across each wing just inside
the pale yellow to red pterostigma. This is the species' primary distinguishing
feature. It is similar in size to the Black Darter (35-40mm), sharing the
broad hindwings and black legs.
The weak, low, fluttering flight
is not unlike that of a Black Darter, but it perches frequently on the
tips of rush stems rather than on the ground. It is a surprisingly inconspicuous
Habitat in frequents marshes, swamps
and pools with dense reed beds usually in hilly country, this species is
resident in continental Europe. Its main breeding range is south-eastern,
especially at medium altitudes, although it appears to be spreading westwards.