Llanelli Naturalists Newsletter - March 2003 - No 69
Ian Morgan

Two species of dragonfly - one new to Carmarthenshire - provided some excitement in the early summer. The first was the Yellow-winged Darter Sympetrum flaveolum,  a male of which was caught at the Ashpits Pond (SN463012) on 4th June 2002 (I may have seen it here five days earlier). This species had previously been recorded by Barry Stewart at Machynys in 1995. Both sexes of this species have broad orangy bases to their wings.  The other dragonfly was the Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii which was new to the county.  No less than three males were at the `Northern Golf Course Pond`, Machynys (SS516985) on 25.6.02, and one of the specimens caught was shown to, and later released by,  Wendell Thomas at WWT Penclacwydd.  In this species, the very base of the hind wings is yellowish and the males have reddish venation in the inner parts of the wings (hence its name). In both sexes, the pterostigma (a cell at the front/outer part of the wings) is yellow with a black border.