Scientific Name: Orthetrum cancellatum. (Libellulidae.)
English Name: Black-tailed Skimmer. Males nicknamed 'Blue Arrows'. (Darters and Chasers family.)
French Name: L'Orthétrum réticulé (='reticulated skimmer')
5 Key Characters:
- flies fast and low, very active.
- often sits on bare ground or rocks.
- females and immature (teneral) males have yellow abdomens with black lengthwise stripes or lattice pattern; mature males go dusted blue; old females go dusted brown.
- males always have black tip to abdomen.
- clear wings with black pterostigmas (the coloured mark on the leading edge towards the tip).
Habitat: Large open still or slow flowing bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, canals and sandpits, often without bankside vegetation. Tolerates moderate pollution.
Flight Period: May-June-July-August-September.
Status: Widespread, one of the most common species. A pioneering species which quickly occupies recently created sites.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|On the boat ramp, Preuilly sur Claise.|