Where to See
|Scientific Name||Orthetrum cancellatum|
|Status & Distribution|
Quite common in south-east Britain. This species has spread significantly in both England and Wales
since the late 1980s, but was only recorded for the first time in Scotland in 2006.
Favours lakes, slow rivers, ponds and occasionally marshy area, that have open water and bare patches along the shore. Patrolling males frequently rest in the sun on bare ground.
Skimmers and Chasers have a squat, spider-like body-shape, a square back to the head and small eyes.
Eyes that point upwards.
No dorsal spines on abdominal segment 7 and 8.