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Sympetrum meridionale female Infested by lots of Arrenurus mites, which are quite typically for that species. Animal,Animalia,Arachnida,Arrenuridae,Arrenurus sp.,Arthropoda,Belene islands complex,Bulgaria,Dragonfly,Europe,Insect,Insecta,Libellulidae,Nature,Odonata,Percher,Ramsar,Skimmer,Southern Darter,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. Poor thing! Does it affect their ability to fly? Posted 3 years ago
    1. Yes, definitely! Studies show, it affects their ability to reproduce, to fly, to survive. Sometimes they are infested by hundreds of pests.... Posted 3 years ago

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The Southern Darter is a species of dragonfly belonging to the Skimmer family Libellulidae. It is present in most of southern Europe.

The adults grow up to 35–40 millimetres long. They can be encountered from May through mid October in the immediate vicinity of shallow, well vegetated still water, where the larvae develop. Their life cycle lasts two or three years.

The abdomen of adult males is orange-reddish, without black spots on segments. The sides of the thorax are yellowish-brown... more

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Aug 31, 2016. Captured Aug 27, 2016 10:33 in Unnamed Road, 5930 Belene, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/7.1
  • 1/200s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm