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Darters or
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 e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Sympetrum
Newman, 1833
Sympetrum commixtum, Nepal

Sympetrum is a genus of small to medium-sized skimmer dragonflies, known as darters in the UK and as meadowhawks in 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]


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  5. ^ a b c d "Checklist, English common names". Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  6. ^ Suhling, F. & Martens, A. (2011). "Sympetrum dilatatum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T21226A9259879. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-1.RLTS.T21226A9259879.en. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
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  8. ^ Autumn Darter, Kochi
  9. ^ Clausnitzer, V. (2009). "Sympetrum haritonovi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2009: e.T158697A5261939. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T158697A5261939.en. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  10. ^ Kalkman, V.J. (2009). "Sympetrum nigrifemur". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  11. ^ Paulson, D. R. (2009). "Sympetrum nigrocreatum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2009: e.T164924A5939416. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T164924A5939416.en. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  12. ^ Dunkle, S. W. (2000). Dragonflies through Binoculars. OUP.