Keeled Skimmer

This dragonfly prefers a habitat with water and acid peat, such as our SSSI, where they can be seen on the wing throughout the summer. Unfortunately, their habitat preferences place them under threat, along with much of Britain’s heathlands. It has a characteristic darting flight. The males are a dusty blue colour when mature, yellow with black markings when immature. The females are yellow-brown.

Keeled Skimmer male - SSSI heath - 18.07.20 - Kat Dahl

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