Status: - This nationally scarce but some times locally abundant species which favours lowland heaths and currently seems to be expanding its territory.
Habitat: - Can be found in southern Britain on acidic runnels and pools, old brick pits, shallow unshaded ponds with an abundance of sphagnum moss at the margins.
Flight period: - Commonly seen from the end of May to early September.
General: - This weak-flying damselfly is to be seen hovering only centimetres above shallow heathland pools and runnels, flitting in and out of low marginal vegetation or perched on algal mats and other low level bog vegetation. Males may be territorial; battles between males often result in a movement around the water body rather than any individual being driven to leave the site.
Copulation is usually performed within the low level emergent vegetation and can last for over 40 minutes. Egg-laying takes place in tandem with the males abdomen disposed vertically and the thorax angled at about 120 degrees. This species is often seen in the company of Black Darter, Keeled Skimmer, Emerald Damselfly and other heathland bog species. When setting out to photograph this species a stout plastic bag in ones kit, upon which to kneel, is recommended.