Broad-bodied Chaser (male)

by Bob Chappell August. 23, 2020 176 views

Broad-bodied chasers are very satisfying dragonflies to photograph, perhaps because they will perch with their wings closer to horizontal than many other dragonflies, so that you can get all the beautiful details of the wing veins in focus.

They emerge in spring and seem to favour ponds (they are said to be the first dragonflies to populate a new pond). Like other chasers they perch for a while then chase any other (chaser) dragonflies that approach.

There were about three broad-bodied chasers at this pond (in Monks Wood, Cambridgeshire) and a number of four-spotted chasers, so there was a lot of flight activity. In between the chasing, this particular male posed beautifully on a reed allowing time to obtain the shots I was seeking.

The females tend to be more elusive - I did photograph one perched high on a bush near the entrance to the wood. The broad-bodied chaser is dimorphic - the females are a beautiful golden colour, darkening when older.

Broad-bodied chaser (Libellula depressa), Monks Wood, May 2020

Broad-bodied chaser (Libellula depressa), Monks Wood, May 2020

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