A local species throughout our area that prefers slow-moving waters, bordered with tall emergent vegetation. The appearance of the male changes dramatically with maturation: vivid orange tenerals turn into black and grey-blue territorial males. Nonetheless, both extremes are easily recognised by coloration of the body and wings.
Total: 42-45 mm.
Abdomen: 25-29 mm.
Hindwing: 32-38 mm.
Appears to require a certain combination of water quality and habitat structure., the latter usually borders of reeds or other rich riparian growth. Habitats include slow-flowing rivers and streams, abandoned canals, reedy lakes and ditches, oxbows and fishponds.
From late April to early August. Most activity is concentrated in May and June.