The very broad, flattened abdomen is characteristic making the insect appear "fat". Both sexes have pale blue, thin ante-humeral stripes and brown eyes. The wing bases are very dark brown.
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|Common Name||Scientific Name||Description|
|Keeled Skimmer||Orthetrum coerulescens||
Length: 40-44mmThe abdomen appears quite slim and has a pronounced dorsal keel. The wings have a... more
|Ruddy Darter||Sympetrum sanguineum||
This species is smaller than the Common Darter. The legs are entirely black. An intense orange... more
|Brilliant Emerald||Somatochlora metallica||
The Brilliant Emerald has apple green eyes and the abdomen and thorax are dark metallic emerald... more
|Golden-ringed Dragonfly||Cordulegaster boltonii||
A striking, black and insect with yellow rings along the length of the abdomen. The female is... more
|Banded Darter||Sympetrum pedemontanum||
A small darter with black legs and broad hind wings. Both sexes have a brown band across each... more