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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

15 Golden-Ringed Dragonfly Facts You’ll Never Forget

Golden-ringed dragonfly facts about the longest dragonfly.

Long before dinosaurs walked the earth, do you know which living species inhabited the earth? It was dragonflies! These were one of the first animals with wing-like features, and here we present to you one of the most alluring kinds of the same, the golden-ringed dragonfly. Their unique name comes from their distinctive black and yellow bands that you can spot, making them relatively easy to recognize. Another distinguishing feature is the female's long ovipositor making them Britain's longest dragonfly.

The golden-ringed dragonfly family, which is Cordulegastridae, has quite a few similar dragonflies. Still, the one that is found mostly in western areas of Britain is this species but if you want to see them, then make sure to visit in May and September only!

There's more to these beautiful animals, so why don't you keep scrolling down? And if you are done, then do check out our mayfly facts and damselfly facts too!

Golden Ringed Dragonfly Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a golden-ringed dragonfly?

The golden-ringed dragonfly is a type of large dragonfly.

What class of animal does a golden-ringed dragonfly belong to?

These ringed dragonflies belong to the class of insects.

How many golden-ringed dragonflies are there in the world?

Although the total number of these dragonflies is unknown, you would see them in large numbers in most of Britain.

Where does a golden-ringed dragonfly live?

These animals are often spotted around acidic streams in moorland and heathland habitats. They are distributed across Cumbria, Southern England, Wales, and West Scotland.

What is a golden-ringed dragonfly's habitat?

The golden-ringed dragonfly habitat mainly consists of small and acidic running streams and is also found near heaths and moorland during May and September. However, this acrobatic flyer can also be found away from water as it looks out for flying insects as its food. In fact, did you know that the larvae are aggressive predators that live in the sediment of the breeding stream for up to five years before climbing out of the water on vegetation!

Who does the golden-ringed dragonfly live with?

Although much isn't known about how they live, you can definitely spot a pair of these dragonflies mating pair by the heart-shaped wheel formation. In fact, in Britain, they are seen flying in large numbers so they could be living in those same groups possibly too.

How long does a golden-ringed dragonfly live?

These dragonflies may live up to six months, provided the weather is dry and warm. However, cold weather makes them vulnerable and shrinks their lifespan by several weeks.

How do they reproduce?

Cordulegaster boltonii or commonly known as a golden-ringed dragonfly, breeds and mates in water. Post breeding, the female heads towards the water to lay her eggs; at times, the male also follows to protect the female until the eggs have been laid. The female lays her eggs by hovering vertically and stabbing its abdomen into the stream beds using its long ovipositor.

What is their conservation status?

These dragonflies currently have the conservation status of Least Concerned and are widely seen throughout the UK.

Golden-Ringed Dragonfly Fun Facts

What does the golden-ringed dragonfly look like?

This dragonfly is a beautiful insect that can be identified with its black pattern with golden rings, hence the name. It has a pair of bright green eyes that meet at the top of its head, giving it spectacular vision. These dragonflies are large and robust and get quite noisy when in flight which could be intimidating to some of you!

Golden-ringed dragonfly interesting facts.

How cute are they?

They definitely make for cute insects. With the golden rings and black body patterned, this Ringed dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) is a sight for sore eyes for sure!

How do they communicate?

The exact means by which these dragonflies communicate is not known, but dragonflies, generally, are found to use their green, blue, purple, and even bronze hues to communicate with other insects. In fact, these same colors are even used to ward off predatory birds.

How big is a golden-ringed dragonfly?

The Cordulegaster boltonii is one of the longest dragonflies in Britain, with its wingspan exceeding 10cm; its typical body length typically comes to be 7.5 cm (2.9 in) in males and 8.5 cm (3.3 in) in females.

How fast can a golden-ringed dragonfly fly?

The golden-ringed dragonfly range of speed is up to 30 mph (48.2 kph), making it one of the fastest, agile, and powerful insect flyers of the UK.

How much does a golden-ringed dragonfly weigh?

One of the longest dragonflies in the world but with equally less weight of 0.0008 lb (400 mg), this dragonfly is very light weighted.

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male and female species of Cordulegaster boltonii are both called golden-ringed dragonflies. Both males and females have a similar physical appearance as well, with the characteristic yellow and black bands along the body and bright green eyes. The only differentiating aspect is the female's longer and thinner body, almost giving a waisted look.

What would you call a baby golden-ringed dragonfly?

Baby dragonflies are often known as nymphs or larvae. Unlike typical larvae that molt just once, these species are called nymphs that go through gradual changes to turn into adults. You could spot these little ones by their green or brown colors as they are yet to be brightly colored like the adult species. This is actually to camouflage them from predators, a beautiful tactic by nature to protect them.

What do they eat?

These species of dragonflies are voracious eaters that feed on large insects like the damselflies, beetles, wasps, and bumblebees. They, at times, are also seen foraying away from their natal river or stream in search of their prey. While flying, it is known that they use their legs as a net to capture bees and butterflies!

Are they poisonous?

Not much is known about golden-ringed dragonflies being poisonous; however, this dragonfly species is known to be aggressive and could bite you if they feel threatened, despite not having a stinger. Although there is nothing to worry about as their bite isn't dangerous at all, and in most situations, their bite won't even manage to pierce your skin.

Would they make a good pet?

Raising a dragonfly would be a fun yet challenging task to keep a pet. Although these animals are essentially benign to humans and would also help cut down other insects that fly around, they would require quite a few things for you to arrange. Firstly as their home, you'd have to arrange for a sunroom or greenhouse somewhat akin to a butterfly house along with a water feature. As for their dietary requirements, a considerable amount of freshly caught adult houseflies or small tadpoles and worms, bluebottles would have to be made available. Again, this might be cumbersome, but if you could suffice this having these golden wing species would be a wonderful thing in your house for sure!

Did you know...

The golden-ringed dragonfly is the only dragonfly having distinctive black and yellow stripes that no other dragonfly in the UK has!

If you thought a dragonfly had one wing or two wings, then you are wrong because a dragonfly has four wings to fly with.

What are some fun facts about dragonflies?

There are over five thousand species of dragonflies.

Indonesian people eat dragonflies for snacks.

Similar to birdwatching, watching dragonflies is called oding, inspired by their order classification Odonata.

Some scientists believe that the high oxygen levels of the Paleozoic era allowed these species to be grown to monster size!

Dragonflies are expert fliers. They hover similar to a helicopter and can fly straight up and down. They even mate mid-air! And at times, when they can't fly, they starve. This is because they only catch prey while they are flying.

Engineers have been inspired by dragonflies' flight to the extent to actually create robots that fly similar to dragonflies.

The young larvae of this dragonfly species spend their initial days in water and actually resemble the tadpole at times! They entirely spend this larval period eating and shed their skins 5-14 times before they are ready to leave the water.

Dragonflies have survived on earth for 300 billion years!

Looking for good luck? Then having a dragonfly landing on your head is, in fact, considered a sign of good luck!

What do dragonflies get eaten by?

These animals fall prey to more acrobatic flyers like swallows, kingfishers, falcons, kites, and flycatchers. These flyers eat countless dragonflies. In addition, animals like robber flies, spiders, praying mantis', and even early emerging bats dine on dragonflies.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these wasp facts and fly facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable golden-ringed dragonfly coloring pages.

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