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Black Tailed Skimmer Dragonfly Andy

Black-Tailed Skimmer Dragonfly  (Orthetrum Cancellatum)

I have often seen the skimmer resting on the steep clay banks of a disused local quarry in Hampshire because this species prefers to rest on bare patches of ground so not the easiest dragonflies to photograph. It is a medium size dragonfly found around ponds, lakes and slow rivers. The female is mainly yellow with two black stripes running the length of its body.

The male black-tailed skimmer has a grey thorax and a blue abdomen with yellow spots along the sides. Fairly common and on the wing from May until late August.