Status: - Found mainly along the West Coast of Scotland, Wales and England where its habitat requirements restrict it to moorland sites. Also present on the lowland heaths of the New Forest and Hampshire up to the boarder with Berkshire. Suitable
sites are scattered around the coastal regions of Eire.
Habitat: - Breeds in areas of heath and moorland bogs, runnels and streams.
Flight period: - Mid June to mid August.
General: - Males can be seen at rest sunning them-selves on the surface of the bog, they fly very low and often in an unpredictable pattern. Females are often encountered sunning themselves on bare ground or banks of heather. Copulation may take place low down near the bogs surface or high in a tree.
It is a relatively drawn out process taking in excess of 20 minutes. Females often seem to rest after copulation and before commencing egg-laying.
Females lay by dipping the abdomen in the water whilst in flight, closely guarded by the male. Another species where a stout plastic bag becomes an essential part of a photographer’s kit.