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The Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) is a large, striking dragonfly and the longest British species, the only one of its genus in Britain.
Golden ringed dragonfly

Golden-ringed Dragonfly - BugBotherer

IdentificationEdit

They are easily identified by their distinctive black and yellow stripes, which no other dragonfly in Britain has.

LarvaeEdit

The female lays the eggs in shallow water. The hairy larvae live at the bottom of the water and are well camouflaged amongst the silt. They emerge after about 2-5 years, and usually under the cover of darkness.

BehaviourEdit

They are often seen flying leisurely over mountain streams or a river; they also occasional show up at a pond. They are also typically seen flying over heath land. Their bright yellow and black stripes make them easy to identify, even
Golden-ringed Dragonfly TL

When the Golden-ringed Dragonfly is active

from a fair distance away. They feed mainly on insects ranging from small prey such as midges to flies, butterflies and even bumble bees. This strikingly-coloured insect is incredibly aerobatic and they sometimes fly very high up into the sky.
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Golden-ringed Dragonfly - C.N.Images

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