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The name relates to its colour, rather like the Ruddy duck, although it is to my mind quite a bright red and not that Ruddy.Ruddy Darter2

It is a small dragonfly, but still a little bigger and more sturdy than the very delicate Damselflies. Darters have a habit of pushing their wings forward after they have landed, so when they land their wings stick out more or less at right angles to their body but then after a couple of seconds they angle them forward in rather an odd pose.Ruddy Darter1

This one was near a large pond/lake in the southern part of Vienne, they are fairly common at this time of year and cannot be mistaken for many other small dragonflies.