Brilliant boltonii

There has always been something special about Golden-ringed Dragonflies Cordulegaster boltonii, a species I first encountered over 20 years ago in mid-Wales that made me go ‘Wow!’

There are numerous places to find the species in North Yorkshire, but by far the best is the Wheeldale area just north of Pickering, where the species can be found in good numbers.

As always, a successful trip to the North York Moors is weather dependant and the final Sunday of July was just about good enough to ensure Odonata was on offer, once an area free of the cool wind was found.

Transmire Bog, Cropton Forest and Wheeldale Gill are all within a stones throw of each other and provided six species in small number – 6 Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 4 Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, 1 Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea , 7 Golden-ringed Dragonfly C. boltonii , 2 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 6 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens.


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