Where to See
|Scientific Name||Orthetrum coerulescens|
|Status & Distribution|
Patchy distribution across Britain; more common in the west. Has been expanding its range in Scotland since 1990.
Pools and streams in wet heathland sites are favoured.
May be found resting low in heather at such sites.
Skimmers and Chasers have a squat, spider-like body-shape, a square back to the head and small eyes.
Smaller than other Chasers and Skimmers: 17-23mm
Similar size to Darters but lacks their lateral abdominal spines and has smaller eyes.