Status: - Occurs throughout main land Britain and Ireland. In some areas it is locally confined or absent which may be the result of a lack of suitable habitat.
Habitat: - Occupies a wide range of habitats from nutrient rich drainage ditches to bog pools. It favours shallow waters of canals, ponds and lakes with an abundance of tall aquatic vegetation.
Flight period: - Late June to the end of September.
General: - Copulation is a prolonged affair and can last in excess of one hour. Mating couples are usually found near the waters edge. Egg-laying takes place in tandem, with the eggs inserted into aquatic and emergent plants constructed of vascular tissue, where they rest throughout the winter. The pro larvae emerge in the spring to immediately transform into larvae that actively hunt. With the exploding spring time food chain they grow rapidly and in only 2-3 months are able to emerge as adult damselflies. If conditions are inappropriate for full growth in a single season, the final instar may occasionally over winter. The over wintering eggs allow this species to exploit ephemeral water bodies, which occasionally dry out and refill as a result of the autumn / winter rains.