Status: - Common and widespread except in parts of northern England and most of Scotland.
Habitat: - Catholic in its tastes, it makes use of a wide range of still water habitats including ponds, lakes, flooded mineral extraction pits, bog pools, canals and calm waters of slow flowing rivers and streams.
Flight period: - Mid June to the end of October.
General: - Males guard a localized territory from a high perch to which they return after each rush forth to drive off intruders. Both sexes frequently sun bathe in sheltered spots either on the ground or on vertical or horizontal surfaces such as fence posts and rails.
Copulation takes place while perched and in a relatively exposed position. The activity takes approximately 10 minutes and with care is readily photographed. The activity of laying eggs takes place in tandem and in flight. The male executes a downward movement of the abdomen lowering the female so her ovipositor makes contact with the water thus releasing the eggs. This activity is repeated many times. Females will egg lay alone and appear to exercise more discretion over suitable sites than when in tandem.