The ruddy darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) head, thorax and abdomen of the mature male are vivid red, while the female is slightly smaller, and is golden-yellow with black markings. The male has black legs and the wings show a brown pterostigma and an orange colour at the base of the wings. Two evident black marks are located on segments S8 and S9 of the abdomen. It is smaller than the Common Darter. The ruddy darter is found throughout Europe as far east as Siberia and as far south as the northern Sahara.