Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa
Adult sizeOverall length: 39 - 48mm Hindwing length: 33 - 37mm
Distinguishing featuresEasily told apart from the other chasers where both sexes have a very broad flattened abdomen which gives it a swollen appearance. A common high summer dragonfly and often encountered in garden ponds.
Identification - for help with terms see glossary
HabitatOccurs in a wide range range of still water habitats seems to prefer smaller ponds and ditches rather than large lakes and gravel pits. Can be found on lowland heath and is a common garden pond species. A rapid coloniser of new sites.
BehaviourLike the Four-spotted Chaser males are very aggressively territorial and will fly out from a perch to investigate other males and females. They are very visable therefore and easily approached. Has a fast and erratic flight. Females can also be mobbed by males at a suitable breeding site.
Status and distribution
Widespread and common throughout southern England and Wales.Expanding northwards. Common and widespread in Dorset.
Flight periodMain flight period is April to September, peaking between May, June and July.
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