Wildlife to Visit of the Sub Order Anisoptera

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc

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There are 19 wildlife species pictured below. Some species can only be seen during certain months. Wildlife that has been observed at this time of year are shown first preceeded by a green bar. Wildlife that can be seen at a different time of year is show last preceeded by a blue bar.

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Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva) All year round.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, wetlands, meadows and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 45 mm (1.8 in). Wingspan 74 mm (2.9 in).

Food: Aerial and non aerial insects.

Flight: All year round.

A species of special concern in Great Britain due to loss of its ideal habitat.

Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♀ © Gail Hampshire cc
Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Early June to late November.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, woodland and rivers and streams.

Size: Length: 34-36 mm (1.3-1.4 in). Wingspan 60 mm (2.4 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early June to late November.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The male is red with a red-brown thorax.

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♀ © Ivo Ivov cc
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Early May to late December.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 38-43 mm (1.5-1.7 in). Hindwing 25-30 mm (1- 1.2 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early May to late December.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Perches on low vegetation or the ground from which it pursues passing insects.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) ♂ © Geert Orye cc
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Early July to late November.
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Family: Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, estuaries, hedgerows and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 63 mm (2.5 in). Hindwing 37-40 mm (1.5-1.6 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early July to late November.

Not aggressive and occasionally gathers in large feeding swarms.

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) © Ferran Pestaña cc
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) All year round.
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Family: Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: All year round.

Perches on vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) © postman.pete cc
Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) All year round.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: All year round.

Perches on vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) ♀ © Gail Hampshire cc
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombei) All year round.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: All year round.

Perches on vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombei) © Gail Hampshire cc
Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) All year round.
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Family: Corduliidae (Emerald Dragonflies)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: All year round.

Perches on vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) ♀ © Tero Laakso cc
Emperor (Anax imperator) Early May to late October.
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Family: Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, gardens and parks, estuaries and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 7.8-8.5 cm (3.1-3.3 in). Wingspan 10-11 cm (3.9-4.3 in).

Food: Aerial insects including butterflies.

Flight: Early May to late October.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The male is very territorial with a blue abdomen with a central dark line.

The female is similar but with a green abdomen.

Emperor (Anax imperator) © Aitor Escauriaza cc
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Early June to late October.
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Family: Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Habitat: Ponds, lakes and reservoirs and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 7 cm (2.8 in).

Food: Flying insects.

Flight: Early June to late October.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The males are territorial and crash into intruding males to drive them away.

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) © John T Howard cc
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