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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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24 February, 2015

Golden-ringed Dragonfly: the band of gold | Nature Notes from Dorset

The golden-ringed dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) is a very distinctive species and one that cannot really be mistaken for anything else. It is not difficult to see where the common name comes from because, as it says on the label, it is 'golden-ringed' with the abdomen being a series of alternate gold and black rings. It is the longest, though not the biggest, of our native dragonflies. It has strong, purposeful flight and is not easily deflected from its route as it hawks up and down its preferred track. It has a slow flight and often halts to hover before continuing on its way

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