Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

by Bob Chappell October. 10, 2020 125 views
Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), Monks Wood (Cambridgeshire), June 2020

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), Monks Wood (Cambridgeshire), June 2020

If you've ever watched chasers (dragonflies, that is) you'll know why they have that name. They will perch on a convenient stem, but as soon as another dragonfly approaches there will be a high-speed pursuit as they attempt to clear invaders from their territory. Four-spotted chasers may be on the wing for much of spring and summer, usually colonising standing water such as ponds, lakes and ditches.

As with broad-bodied chasers they will often perch at a convenient angle to the sun for photography. This was one of a number of four-spotted and broad-bodied chasers providing entertainment at a small pond in Monks Wood, Cambridgeshire in June.

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G B 1 month, 2 weeks ago

wonderful detail!

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I love chasing the chasers at every opportunity that arises. I think I have several posts about them. Very nice capture.

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Robin Fuller 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Nice to see some Monks Wood residents again! It's nearly 20 years since last I visited.

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Adrian Morris 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Great picture.

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