Common Darter ( Sympetrum striolatum)
s it's name suggests this dragonfly is very abundant in England. It breeds in still water, even stagnant ponds, and can be seen well into November.
The males become a bright orange-red with maturity with small black spots near the end of its abdomen.
Females have a pale, yellowish-brown abdomen often developing red markings along the segment boundaries and medial line as they age.