Status: - Found in Englands southern and midland counties and Wales.
Habitat: - Found on a wide variety of water bodies and is a rapid colonizer of new ponds and even flooded tyre tracks left by heavy machinery. It also inhabits bog pools, ponds, canals and open well vegetated ditches.
Flight period: - May to early August.
General: - The males are very aggressive and territorial, perching on a vegetative high point from which to launch aggressive forays against any intruder of whatever species of dragonfly.
Copulation is rapid taking only seconds and occurs on the wing. Females usually egg-lay alone by dipping their abdomen into the water as they fly low over the surface in and out of marginal vegetation.
Occasionally a male will be seen in flight guarding an egg-laying female but he is easily distracted by other dragonflies and rapidly deserts guard duty if another female appears.