The Red-Veined Dropwing Dragonfly (Trithemis arteriosa) is a common insect in the Libellulidae family, found in most of Africa, western Asia, and southern Europe.
The Red-Veined Dropwing Dragonfly has a black-tipped bright red abdomen and head, with a purple sheen. Its eyes are deep red. It has red veins in its transparent wings with orange markings at the base of the wings. Females have similar markings, but its abdomen and face are yellow to yellowish brown.
It grows to about 3.5 centimetres (1.5 inches) long.
It prefers wetlands, streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds, where waters are slow-flowing and still.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM