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Black-tailed Skimmer  (Orthetrum cancellatum) Linnaeus

 

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PICTURE: Male Black-tailed Skimmer seen on Hickling Broad National Nature Reserve, Norfolk, June 2013.

   
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is fairly common in southern England, some parts of Wales, and in central Ireland. Its range however appears to be

increasing to the north east of England, where it has been reported to be breeding.

 

WING SPAN: 70mm to 82mm.             BODY LENGTH: 29mm to 35mm .              STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species often emerges in late May to mid June, and is on the wing until late July or mid August.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: The larvae take two to three years to mature and emerge, and live mainly in the debris on the bottom of the pool, or pond.

 

HABITAT: This species is found in lakes, slow rivers, fens, marshes and sometimes in small ponds. This dragonfly requires flat open area's of

ground to perch, dense undergrowth is usually shunned.

 

FOOD SOURCE: Various species of invertebrates.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: The  Scarce Chaser is similar but does not have yellow spots along the side of the abdomen, and does not usually inhabit still

or slow moving water.

 

 
     
   
     
   
     
     
 

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