Golden Ringed Dragonfly

Wed 15 Sep 2021

The UK's longest dragonfly!

Taxonomic name: Cordulegaster boltonii

UK Status: Common, found mostly around river systems

The female Golden Ringed Dragonfly is the longest in the UK, its body reaching up to 84mm - the male reaches 74mm. The species is distinct in the UK by its starkly contrasting black and gold rings down the length of its body.

The long part of the dragonfly body is called an Ovipositor, which gives the dragonfly its amazing length!

You will see this species around rivers during the hotter months of the year. The attached photo was taken at Merryhue Farm during the Summer of 2020.


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