Where to See Keeled Skimmer

Latin NameOrthetrum coerulescens

Pools and streams in wet heathland sites are favoured.

May be found resting low in heather at such sites.

  • Climate change: erratic rainfall.
  • Pollution
  • Abstraction and drainage.
Status & Distribution

Patchy distribution across Britain; more common in the west. Has been expanding its range in Scotland since 1990.

Similar Species

May be confused with Black-tailed Skimmer and Scarce Chaser. The Keeled Skimmer can be distinguished by its:

  • paler wings spots.
  • yellow costa (leading wing vein).
  • pale antehumeral stripes on the back of the thorax.
  • black keel.
Species GroupDragonflies