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Golden-ringed Dragonfly: the band of gold

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Golden-ringed Dragonfly: the band of gold

The golden-ringed dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) is a very distinctive species and one that cannot really be mistaken for anything else. It is not difficult to see where the common name comes from because, as it says on the label, it is 'golden-ringed' with the abdomen being a series of alternate gold and black rings. It is the longest, though not the biggest, of our native dragonflies. It has strong, purposeful flight and is not easily deflected from its route as it hawks up and down its preferred track. It has a slow flight and often halts to hover before continuing on its way

My reference book says this is a species of the west and north and Dorset is right on the eastern edge of its range and is frequent here if not common. It has a preference for flowing, well oxygenated, acidic water. Here in Dorset I have seen it in a variety of habitats but it does seem to be more catholic in its taste and I have seen it quite regularly on heath land without fast flowing water anywhere nearby.

This particular specimen is a male that has not long hatched. You may notice the slightly wavy body as it gradually expands from the compressed environment of what was its larval form. 


 

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