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Observed: 18th August 2011 By: jessetimberlake

Open woodland with areas of heather.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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ID confirmation

A female, you can tell by the ovipositor at the foot of the tail of the abdomen. Females are far more scarce than the male of the species and are not often seen perching.

What a wonderful picture.

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Sex ratio.

In general female dragonflies seem to be scarcer than the males because they stay away from water except when they want to mate and/or lay their eggs. Males on the other hand defend territories at suitable water bodies while they wait for females to arrive (for the chance to mate). Away from water, most dragonflies are more difficult to find because they can disperse over a wide area.

In the case of Golden-ringed Dragonflies though, I seem to remember seeing a study that suggested that there is an imbalance in the sexes - so I think that you are correct. :o)

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ID information

The female is some what larger than the male, with a more robust abdomen. Similar colouring to the male, the black areas can appear less intense. The large ovipositor (tube for laying eggs) is distinctive and obvious.