Wildlife to Visit of the Sub Order Anisoptera

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc

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There are 19 wildlife species pictured below. Some species can only be seen during certain months. Wildlife that has been observed at this time of year are shown first preceeded by a green bar. Wildlife that can be seen at a different time of year is show last preceeded by a blue bar.

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Emperor (Anax imperator) Early May to late October.
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Family: Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, gardens and parks, estuaries and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 7.8-8.5 cm (3.1-3.3 in). Wingspan 10-11 cm (3.9-4.3 in).

Food: Aerial insects including butterflies.

Flight: Early May to late October.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The male is very territorial with a blue abdomen with a central dark line.

The female is similar but with a green abdomen.

Emperor (Anax imperator) © Aitor Escauriaza cc
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Early June to late October.
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Family: Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Habitat: Ponds, lakes and reservoirs and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 7 cm (2.8 in).

Food: Flying insects.

Flight: Early June to late October.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The males are territorial and crash into intruding males to drive them away.

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) © John T Howard cc
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Early June to late October.
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Family: Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs and ponds.

Size: Length 65-75 mm (.25-.30 in), wingspan 100 mm (3.9 in).

Food: Flying insects.

Flight: Early June to late October.

Patrols a waterside hunting territory, attacking any intruders.

Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) ♀ © Pavel Kirillov cc
Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva) All year round.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, wetlands, meadows and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 45 mm (1.8 in). Wingspan 74 mm (2.9 in).

Food: Aerial and non aerial insects.

Flight: All year round.

A species of special concern in Great Britain due to loss of its ideal habitat.

Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva) ♀ © Gail Hampshire cc
Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Early April to late October.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, heathland, estuaries and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 39-48 mm (1.5-1.9 in). Hindwing 32-40 mm (1.3-1.6 In).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early April to late October.

Perches near water and has an aggressive territorial flight. It also has a gliding flight.

Also will feed in swarms in the evening.

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) © Tony Court cc
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Early May to late September.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Ponds, lakes and reservoirs and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 47-53 mm. Wingspan 77 mm. Hindwings 35-41 mm.

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early May to late September.

Mature males patrol acquired waterside territory of up to 50 m.

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) ♀ © Frank Vassen cc
Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Early June to late November.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, woodland and rivers and streams.

Size: Length: 34-36 mm (1.3-1.4 in). Wingspan 60 mm (2.4 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early June to late November.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The male is red with a red-brown thorax.

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) ♀ © Ivo Ivov cc
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Early May to late December.
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Family: Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 38-43 mm (1.5-1.7 in). Hindwing 25-30 mm (1- 1.2 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early May to late December.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Perches on low vegetation or the ground from which it pursues passing insects.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) ♂ © Geert Orye cc
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Early July to late November.
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Family: Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, estuaries, hedgerows and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 63 mm (2.5 in). Hindwing 37-40 mm (1.5-1.6 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early July to late November.

Not aggressive and occasionally gathers in large feeding swarms.

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) © Ferran Pestaña cc
Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) Early May to late October.
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Family: Cordulegastridae (Golden-ringed Dragonflies)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, heathland and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 74 mm (3 in) ♂. 84 mm (3.3 in)♀. Wingspan 101 mm (4 in).

Food: Aerial insects including bumble bees and butterflies.

Flight: Early May to late October.

Breeds in acidic rivers and streams.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) ♀ © Gail Hampshire cc
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