Name: Broad-bodied Chaser
Scientific name: Libellula depressa
Nature Stars: 50
About: A medium-sized, broad bodied dragonfly, up to 6.5cm long. The male has a powder blue body with yellow spots along the sides, and a dark thorax. The female is greeny-brown instead of blue. On the wing from the end of May to August. A common dragonfly of ponds and small lakes.
How to identify: There are several medium sized, pale blue dragonflies that can be confused. This species can be told the combination of a broad body, blue right to the tip and chocolate brown eyes.
Where: Southern and central England and south Wales.
Fantastic fact: Often the first dragonfly to arrive and breed in garden ponds.
Photograph credit: Dave