Readily recognized by the string of yellow spots on each side of the abdomen. Often found patrolling woodland edges far from water.


Total: 45-54 mm.
Abdomen: 34-43 mm.
Hindwing: 32-39 mm.


Unlike most other Somatochlora species typical of temperate valleys and lowlands, it is absent in boreo-alpine zone. Inhabits marshes, wet meadows, bog-edges and reedbeds, where there are small, richly vegetated waters, such as ponds and ditches.

Flight Season

From end of May to mid August. Most abundant in June and July.

Range and Status

Relatively rare in Denmark.