Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
Small dragonfly, abdomen approximately 25-30mm in length, usually seen between July and October across much of the UK. Mature males have a red-orange abdomen with yellow patches on the thorax, females and immature males have a yellow-brown abdomen. They have yellow stripes on the legs. They can often be seen on the ground in sunny spots and can be coaxed onto your hand. Can be mistaken for the Ruddy Darter from a distance.