Taxonomy

Orthetrum cancellatum | Black-tailed Skimmer | Scimire Earrdhubh

Distribution

Status

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Identification

Length: 44-49mm

Mature males have  apowder blue abdomen with a black tip

Females have a yellowish abdomen with two longitudinal black lines on the dorsal surface

Behaviour:

Adults like to perch on bare ground and rocks. Males are very aggressive. They are low level fliers.

Habitat

Shallow lakes with open shores especially in limestone regions.

Flight period

May to August

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Common in mid west, local but increasing in east

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019

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