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Dragonflies of Northamptonshire

12 species of Dragonfly regularly found in Northamptonshire
Banded Demoiselle
Calopteryx splendens
Locally common
Habitat: Clean rivers and streams
River Nene at Yarwell, British Dragonfly Museum at Ashton
Emerald Damselfly
Lestes sponsa
Common
Habitat: Still water, lakes and reservoirs with plenty of vegetation
Pitsford Reservoir
Red-eyed Damselfly
Erythromma najas
Locally common
Habitat: Still or slow moving water, reservoirs, lakes, canals and rivers
Lands on floating vegetation
British Dragonfly Museum at Ashton
Azure Damselfly
Coenagrion puella
Common
Habitat: Still water
Often the first damselfly to appear in numbers
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Ischnura elegans
Very common
Habitat: Ponds, lakes, streams and reservoirs
Tolerant of small amounts of pollution
Common in most wetland habitats
Migrant Hawker
Aeshna mixta
Common
Habitat: Still waters but can be seen in most habitats
Large numbers can be seen hunting along woodland rides in Sept
Southern Hawker
Aeshna cyanea
Common
Habitat: Ponds, lakes and canals and woodland rides
Regularly seen patrolling woodland rides
Brown Hawker
Aeshna grandis
Common
Habitat: Well-vegetated ponds, lakes and canals
Distinctive bronze wings
Can be seen in most habitats and easily identified in flight
Four-spotted Chaser
Libellula quadrimaculata
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds and canals
British Dragonfly Museum at Ashton
Broad-bodied Chaser
Libellula depressa
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds and canals
Black-tailed Skimmer
Orthetrum cancellatum
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds, canals and rivers
Regularly perches on the ground
River Nene
Common Darter
Sympetrum striolatum
Very Common
Habitat: Ponds and lakes
Regularly perches on the ground