A broad, stocky dragonfly (39-48mm) usually found in large numbers in ponds
and perched along pond-side edges. Often found with Four-spotted Chasers.
Males parade majestically around a pond
constantly engaging with rivals, . providing one
of Spring's major spectacles. Frequently perching
on any convenient perch for short periods.
Females are frequently noticeable stabbing the
surface when ovipositing
Pairings are one
of the shortest with coupling lasting no more than
15 seconds, usually on the wing, beaten only by
the 5 second bursts of their close cousins, the
Four-spotted Chaser, with which they are
frequently seen together.