|Golden Ringed Dragonfly ( Cordulegaster boltonii )|
I saw this lovely dragonfly at Silton Forest, a place where I go quite a lot. last year and I'm on the look out for them again. So far I've only seen a couple of Common Blue damselflys and a Large Red Dragonfly. Well, from the title and pictures you'll know that today I am talking about Golden Ringed Dragonflies.
So, here are the facts:
- They seem to be found everywhere but Ireland, Central England and Norfolk. They are found on Orkney but not on the Shetlands.
- Males are usually about 74mm and Females are 84mm because of the ovipositor making the female the UK's longest dragonfly.
- The wingspan of both can grow up to 10cm. That's only a centimetre off being Goldcrest size!
|In wait for a meal!|
- They breed in rivers and streams of all sizes. They are most likely to be found in Heathlands and Uplands.
- The only other Black and Yellow dragon/damselfly in the UK is the Common Club-Tail but the Golden Ringed is up to 34mm larger.
- In case the photos aren't loading for you, they are black with, well, gold rings around it. They have green eyes and Females are longer and thinner.
- They feed on a variety of insects, bees, wasps, beetle, moths, damselflies and even other dragonflies.
- As larvae they are aggressive hunter, they eat fish fry, other insect larvae, tadpoles and snails.
- They can also be eaten by newts and frogs so they spend most of their time partially buried in mud ready to attack their prey.
- They spend around 3 years, but some
times longer, as larvae before they find a spot to complete there metamorphosis into an adult.
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,