Over all length 8 - 12mm. The eyes are greenish, the thorax pale brown with some slightly darker markings. Can be very variable and there is a dark form but in the commonest form the abdomen is bright orange-brown with a diamond-shaped black spot on each segment. The male has the last two segments completely black. The wings extend beyond the abdomen and are unmarked.
Marshy areas and wet meadows. They often bask on low bushes or nettles where the growth is thick and luxuriant.
Status and distribution
Common in England but gets less so further north. Regularly seen at the reserve.
Best time to see
May to September