Status: - Common and very wide spread throughout the United Kingdom.
Habitat: - Preference for large water bodies, lakes, flooded gravel pits, larger ponds, canals and the stiller waters of slow flowing rivers.
Flight period: - Mid May to mid September.
General: - Males & females can be encountered well away from water usually in stands of tall grass. Sexually mature couples pairing up before midday and making the trip, in tandem, to the waters edge to copulate and egg lay.
Other sexually mature males lie in wait at the waters edge to intercept any incoming female. Males on suitably large water bodies regularly fly in excess of 100 metres out over the water, moving fast and low, often in large numbers.
Egg laying usually begins in tandem but females are known to egg lay under water alone to depths in excess of 1 metre spending up to 1 hour below the surface. On returning to the surface the female can be too exhausted to escape the waters surface tension. All is not lost as a passing male may well drop down and rescue her.