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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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02 July, 2010

Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)

I have previously featured the Keeled Skimmer in this series but that was the bright blue male. The female is so different it warrants special attention lest it be confused as a different species.

Whilst the male and female both have the same patterns along the body, a black central line with black between the segments the background colour in the female is olive green rather than the bright sky blue of the male. Just to add to the differences, the male has a tapered body whereas the female is much more slender and even along the entire length of the body.

Given those marked differences it would be easy to think that this was an Emerald Dragonfly or perhaps a darter. It just goes to show that nature is always able to catch the unprepared (like me) out!