Darting around on Whixall…

By August 13, 2020 Blog

Two lovely photos of Black Darter have been sent in from Whixall Moss and they provide a useful contrast to the Common Darter female pictured in the previous post. The female Black Darter (left) has solid black legs with no yellow stripe, a black triangle on top of the thorax as opposed to antehumeral stripes and she has a distinctive splash pattern of yellow dots on the side of the thorax. The female also has a more stocky and parallel sided shape to the abdomen than the male black darter -seen below left.