The Red-veined darter is a common species found in southern Europe and from 1990 onwards has been found in northwest Europe including Britain and Ireland. It can also be found in Africa, the middle east and south western Asia. This is the only libellulid to be found in the Azores, on the Canary Islands and Madeira. The main flight period of this species is from May to October and scarce during winter months. Unlike other european dragonflies the Red-veined darter has more than one generation a year.
This species as other species of dragonflies will catch and eat prey on the wing.