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PICTURE: Male, Brockadale Y.W.T. Nature Reserve, North Yorks, August 2012.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is common and well distributed in Wales, most of Ireland and southern England as far north as Lincolnshire, and Lancashire. It is also found in the north and east in Yorkshire, and there are also some isolated colonies in the Lake District in Cumberland.

 

WING SPAN: 58mm to 72mm.             BODY LENGTH: 40mm to 45mm .             

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species is on the wing from late May, or early June through to late August, or early September.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid below the surface of the water on aquatic vegetation. The eggs hatch after about a fortnight, and the nymphs usually take two years to mature.

HABITAT: Habitats are slow muddy bottomed rivers, or streams with adjacent meadows.

FOOD PLANT/S: Various species of invertebrates.        STATUS: Resident.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: The Beautiful Demoiselle is similar.

       
               
             
               
             
 

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