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Black-tailed Skimmer: skimming the surface

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Black-tailed Skimmer: skimming the surface

This incredible sky blue is a common feature amongst dragonflies but the much darker, almost black tail end of this one gives it its name, the black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum). The female is yellow and black but without the dark tail.

The black-tailed skimmer likes large areas of open water with surrounding vegetation and occur round farm ponds and flooded gravel pits. They also like water gardens! They also occur in boggy areas where there is open water, they are not too bothered by the acidity of the water and so can be seen commonly on the Dorset heaths. Like many species of dragonfly the males are fiercely territorial and skim the surface of the water as they patrol their patch.

Flying from Late April right through until September the black-tailed skimmer is very much a dragonfly of the south of England and it is common in Wessex and that, of course, means Dorset.


 

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