Large and gaudy hawker, its dark body inlaid with bright nuggets of apple-green and sky-blue. Typically hunts low down along borders, often in the half-dark, like a phantom.
Total: 67-76 mm.
Abdomen: 51-61 mm.
Hindwing: 43-53 mm.
Breeds in wide range of waterbodies, preferring those that are stagnant, small and shaded, often murky with no substrate other than leaf litter, such as garden ponds or forest ponds. Feeds along woodland rides and clearings.
From late summer (July and August) to October.