Where to See Scarce Chaser

Latin NameLibellula fulva

A species of lowland river floodplains that usually inhabits slow-flowing, meandering rivers and large dykes. Occasionally occurs in mature gravel pits and nearby ponds also support populations. Inhabited sites characteristically have good water quality, which supports submerged and floating plants as well as prolific stands of emergent vegetation. Ovipositing females require areas of slow flowing open water, and the adults require some shrub or tree shelter.


  • Inappropriate river management.
  • Inappropriate river improvement schemes.
  • Pollution.
  • Eutrophication.
  • Over-shading.
  • Changing water levels.
  • Excessive boat traffic.
Status & Distribution

Listed as Near Threatened in the British Odonata Red List 2008.
Populations are localised in East Anglia, the East Midlands and parts of southern England from Kent to Devon. The species has expanded its range significantly since 2004.

Similar Species

The male could be confused with Black-tailed Skimmer or Keeled Skimmer. The blue eyes help to distinguish it.


General management principles include maintaining inhabited sites and the adjacent landscape, controlling water quality, controlling boating activity, and undertaking monitoring and research. There are also best practice guidelines for managing inhabited sites, particularly regarding dredging, management of aquatic vegetation, and scrub control.

Management Fact File/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/libellula-fulva.pdf
Species GroupDragonflies