Skip navigation

The NaturePlus Forums will be offline from mid August 2018. The content has been saved and it will always be possible to see and refer to archived posts, but not to post new items. This decision has been made in light of technical problems with the forum, which cannot be fixed or upgraded.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the very great success of the forums and to the community spirit there. We plan to create new community features and services in the future so please watch this space for developments in this area. In the meantime if you have any questions then please email:

Fossil enquiries:
Life Sciences & Mineralogy enquiries:
Commercial enquiries:

2386 Views 4 Replies Last post: Sep 6, 2013 9:00 PM by GrahamPD RSS
Currently Being Moderated

Aug 29, 2013 9:41 PM

Dragonfly ID please

I've been unable to find a similar dragonfly in any of the online guides so can anyone provide an id please.


I'd also like an explanation as to what it was doing when I photographed it. It was flying around the stems of a plant that I think was a water iris or flag, landing and then pressing what I assume was its ovipostor onto the stem. However, I thought that dragonflies laid their eggs in water and the activity I witnessed was some way above the water level.


Photo taken at Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey


Many thanks



  • Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 6, 2013 8:18 AM (in response to GrahamPD)
    Re: Dragonfly ID please

    Looks like a Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Cordulegaster boltonii.............

    • Report Abuse
      • Currently Being Moderated
        Sep 6, 2013 8:19 PM (in response to GrahamPD)
        Re: Dragonfly ID please

        I think I agree with you Graham. Having looked again I think I rushed into saying it was a Golden ringed Dragonfly and was thinking it looked yellow but it's just reflected colour from the surroundings! D'oh!  I think the suggestion of Migrant Hawker is more accurate now I look again, but it's defo a female and the blue is just a lot less eveident. In addition there is the diagnostic white/cream "golf tee" mark on her back just behind her wings which is key to identifying Migrant Hawkers. I should have known better as I have many pics of these!



        • Report Abuse

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked by (0)