Status: - This species continues to extend its range northwards and westwards. Numerous in parts of the southeast, where, it can be the most commonly observed Aeshna species on the wing.
Habitat: - The well vegetated margins of ponds, gravel pits, canals, slow flowing ditches and streams.
Flight period: - Mid July to October.
General: - During the autumn of 2008 six males were seen flying together around a tree with no sign of aggression. This species can be found hunting along the edge of woods, across woodland glades and along rides.
Copulation is frequently lengthy making coupled pairs relatively easy to photograph. They can be found near the waters edge hanging from anything from a stinging nettle to the branch of a tree.
Females egg-lay alone into emergent plants such as reed mace, starting above the water line. They have been observed laying in mud at the waters edge.
This autumn species eggs do not hatch until the following spring, when the larvae develop rapidly reaching full maturity four to five months later.