At Glandford by Greg Bond 1/5
At NWT Hickling by Nick Goodrum 2/5
Male hunting over pond by David Ferre 3/5
At Cley by David Thacker 4/5
At Strumpshaw Fen by Pat Adams 5/5

Broad-bodied chaser Libellula depressa

The broad-bodied chaser is a common dragonfly that can be seen in summer around ponds and lakes and even in gardens.

A dragonfly that lives up to its name with its flattened body giving it a “fat” or “broad” look.

They are very visible and are usually seen on the wing between May – July and occasionally into August.

Conservation status

Common. It is widespread throughout southern England and Wales.

 

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Did you know? Broad-bodied chasers favour well vegetated, shallow still water habitats like ponds, small lakes and ditches rather than large lakes and gravel pits. A common garden pond species.
It is a rapid coloniser of new ponds.
Males are very aggressively territorial and will fly out from a perch to investigate other males and females.
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