A familiar dragonfly in much of our area. Mature males are easily identified by their all-black legs and slightly clubbed, blood-red abdomen.
Total: 34-39 mm.
Abdomen: 20-26 mm.
Hindwing: 23-31 mm.
Most waters with lush marshy vegetation, but generally avoids running or acidic waters. Sites are often eutrophic and permanent, but also breeds in seasonally wet swamps.
From early June to October. Most abundant in August.