Doppelganger of Aeshna juncea, found exclusively within that species range and often with it, occurring in similar habitats, but largely confined to bogs with floating mats of peatmoss (Sphagnum). Appears darker and more uniform than Aeshna juncea, but careful study of markings is needed for positive identification.
Total: 70-76 mm.
Abdomen: 47-57 mm.
Hindwing: 39-46 mm.
Moors and bogs with floating peamoss. These very wet communities appear like a thick soup, and recognising them is often the best way to find the species.
From late May to October. Most abundant in August and September.