Sympetrum depressiusculum – Spotted Darter

Sympetrum depressiusculum (Spotted Darter) has a huge geographical range, covering Eurasia from France to Japan, but is scattered throughout this range. European sites are mainly located around the lower Alps. There are few populations in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands, but on these sites numbers of individuals can be very high. In the Dutch National Park Weerribben-Wieden Spotted Darters were only first found in 2013 but since then numbers exploded, making Spotted Darter the most common species of dragonfly in the summer months in recent years.