Sympetrum

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Darters or
Meadowhawks
Darter August 2007-20.jpg
Sympetrum fonscolombii
White-faced Meadowhawks in wheel position, Shirleys Bay.jpg
White-faced Meadowhawks (Sympetrum obtrusum) in "wheel position", Shirleys Bay, Ottawa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Sympetrum
Newman, 1833

Sympetrum is a genus of small to medium-sized skimmer dragonflies, known as darters in the UK and as meadowhawks in the North America. The more than 50 species predominantly live in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere; no Sympetrum species is native to Australia.

Most North American darters fly in late summer and autumn, breeding in ponds and foraging over meadows. Commonly, they are yellow-gold as juveniles, with mature males and some females becoming bright red on part or all of their bodies. An exception to this color scheme is the black darter (Sympetrum danae).[1]

The genus includes the following species:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Needham, James G.; Minter J. Westfall, Jr. and Michael L. May (2000). Dragonflies of North America (rev. ed.). Gainesville, FL: Scientific Publishers. p. 795. ISBN 0-945417-94-2. 
  2. ^ Martin Schorr, Martin Lindeboom, Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 3 Oct 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "North American Odonata". University of Puget Sound. 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Checklist of UK Species". British Dragonfly Society. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Checklist, English common names". DragonflyPix.com. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Suhling, F. & Martens, A. (2011). "Sympetrum dilatatum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Samways, Michael J. (2008). Dragonflies and damselflies of South Africa (1st ed. ed.). Sofia: Pensoft. ISBN 9546423300. 
  8. ^ Autumn Darter, Kochi
  9. ^ Clausnitzer, V. (2007). "Sympetrum haritonovi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Kalkman, V.J. (2009). "Sympetrum nigrifemur". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 Aug 2010. 
  11. ^ Paulson, D. R. (2007). "Sympetrum nigrocreatum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Dunkle, S. W. (2000). Dragonflies through Binoculars. OUP.