This generally rather plain species can be recognised by the paucity of black markings in most of its range, but greater care is needed with identification in coastal Spain, northern Africa and Turkey, where similar species occur. Due to its high variability, identification should be based on examination of the male’s hamule or female’s vulvar scale whenever possible.


Total: 35-40 mm.
Abdomen: 22-28 mm.
Hindwing: 25-30 mm.


Shallow, generally well-vegetated still waters that typically dry out in the course of summer, such as sunny pools, muddy oxbows or seasonal swamps.

Flight Season

From early June to mid-October.

Range and Status

Not yet registered in Denmark.

Source: Dijkstra, K-D,Schröter, Asmus. Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe: 2nd edition (Field Guides) (p. 656). Bloomsbury Publishing.