Status: - Found throughout the Southeast & Midlands of England and either side of the border with Wales. Ireland’s population appear to be thinly spread across most of the land mass. Where found in England it is one of the most regularly encountered large species.
Habitat: - Canals, lakes, gravel pits, ponds, slow flowing rivers and ditches.
Flight period: - Mid June to mid October.
General: - Males are territorial both holding beats along the waters edge and at locations well away from water. Males are rarely confrontational; this may be because they will desert an unproductive territory more rapidly than other Aeshna. Flight appears almost effortless with a few wing beats followed by a glide.
Turns are gracefully executed. Having secured a compliant female the joined couple adjourn to the top of a nearby tree to copulate.
Female’s egg-lay alone into emergent plants just below the waters surface. They also lay into rotting wood both in and out of the water. Occasionally a number of females are seen depositing eggs in close proximity to one another.