Description

A striking, black insect with yellow rings along the length of the abdomen.

The female is the UK’s longest dragonfly because of her long ovipositor.

Male: a slight club shape to the abdomen.

Female: more parallel sided and has a very long ovipositor.

 

 

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Latin NameCordulegaster boltonii
Habitat

Breeds in acidic rivers and streams of all sizes. May be found away from its breeding habitat over heathland.

Threats
  • Climate change; increasing temperatures and erratic rainfall threaten the species bog pool habitat.
  • Ditch installation and drainage.
  • Peat cutting.
  • Forestation of the uplands.
Status & Distribution

Common. A riverine species of southern England, Wales, Lake District and western Scotland.

Similar Species

Common Club-tail

  • much smaller
  • eyes are separate.
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length Male: 74mm
  • Length Female : 84mm
  • Distinctive yellow and black rings.
  • Bright green eyes that only meet at the top of the head.
  • Male: a slight club shape to the abdomen.
  • Female: more parallel sided and has a very long ovipositor.
Flight PeriodGolden-ringed Dragonfly
Larval Information

Similar long body shape to Hawker but more robust and with a broader head.

Obvious setae (hairs).

Jagged jaws to the mask.