Status: - This species has a well scattered distribution across the British Isles with distinct population clusters across Surrey and Hampshire, The New Forest and Dorset heaths. Nationally scarce but not a Red Data Book species.
Habitat: - Found mostly on still water bodies that are mildly acidic tending to neutral, large ponds and small lakes surrounded by trees, on heaths and bogs. On large water bodies it shows a preference for sheltered bays with abundant tall emergent vegetation; tree cover can be quite limited.
Flight period: - Mid May to late July.
General: - Males appear to have quite extensive territories. They patrol with rapid bursts of flight punctuated by short periods of hovering. They fly with their abdomen tilted slightly upwards, a posture they can adopt when at rest. They often clash with chasers and Emperor Dragonflies. Copulation is rarely observed, taking place in trees and bushes adjacent to the water body. Females egg-lay alone without a male being present and usually within the shallow, shadier marginal zones. She repeatedly dips the tip of her abdomen into the water while in flight, to release the eggs.