Status: - Common & very widespread in England, Wales & Ireland. Also found across much of Scotland.
Habitat: - Sometimes the only Odonata species present at a site if roadside run off or other mild pollutants make the water unsuitable for other species. Wide ranging, found on garden ponds, bog pools, brackish pools, lakes, gravel pits, streams, rivers, canals and ditches.
Flight period: - Commonly seen from May to early September.
General: - Joined up couples (see above) are readily located and often allow close examination. They are sexual athletes with copulation lasting from 2 to 6 hours. They are companion species of both Common Blue and Azure Damselflies. Males are territorial remaining close to water. The female egg-lays alone. On cloudy days this species is often the only active odonate. Despite appearing to remain close to water and an apparently weak flight action, the species readily seeks out new favourable breeding locations.
The mature adults often roost by water, making use of narrow stemmed rushes around which they can see, one eye either side. The casual observer may confuse this species with the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio) but careful examination would reveal that I pumilio has a blue tip covering the ninth abdominal segment and not the eighth.