Libellulidae

Sympetrum danea (Sulzer, 1776)
Zwarte heidelibel Black Darter  Black Meadowhawk (NA) L: 29 - 34 mm
     
Relevant Dutch literature (Eng. summary)   Zwarte heidelibel uitsluip Zwarte heidelibel Zwarte heidelibel eiafzet

Zwarte heidelibel man

Adult (male), Taarlo, Drenthe, August 4, 2004.

Colour change of the male, from yellow-black to black (see photo below).

Zwarte heidelibel man Adult (male), Drouwen, Drenthe, August 4, 2009.
Zwarte heidelibel man Adult (male), Diever, Drenthe, July 16, 2009.
Zwarte heidelibel man detail Adult (male), Drouwen, Drenthe, August 4, 2009.
Zwarte heidelibel vrouw Adult (female), Taarlo, Drenthe, June 22, 2007
Zwarte heidelibel vrouw

Adult (female), Taarlo, Drenthe, August 4, 2004

Zwarte heidelibel ouder vrouwtje Older adult (female), Nieuw-Buinen, Drenthe, August 23, 2009
Zwarte heidelibel vrouw ouder Older adult (female), Taarlo, Drenthe, September 17, 2009
Zwarte heidelibel jong Adult (male) not fully coloured, Taarlo, Drenthe, July 12, 2006
Zwarte heidelibel paringswiel

Pair mating, Taarlo, Drenthe, , 2006

Pair ovipositing in open water of pool, Borger, Drenthe, July 28, 2008

See video


Habitat: Acidic waters like bogs moorland and heathy lakes.Sometimes found in peatbogs.


Distribution: Especially present at the Pleistocene soils. Also present in the dunes but populations are temporary and smaller.

Flight Season: From June to November.


Status: Common in The Netherlands.


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