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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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17 March, 2015

Black-tailed Skimmer: skimming the surface | Nature Notes from Dorset

This incredible sky blue is a common feature amongst dragonflies but the much darker, almost black tail end of this one gives it its name, the black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum). The female is yellow and black but without the dark tail.
The black-tailed skimmer likes large areas of open water with surrounding vegetation and occur round farm ponds and flooded gravel pits. They also like water gardens! They also occur in boggy areas where there is open water, they are not too bothered by the acidity of the water and so can be seen commonly on the Dorset heaths. 

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