Description

Very broad, ‘fat’ dragonfly.

Male: Blue abdomen with yellow spots on the side.

Female and immature males: Golden-brown abdomen with yellow spots on the sides.

Where to See

Latin NameLibellula depressa
Habitat

Usually found at ponds and small lakes.

May be the first to colonise new ponds.

Status & Distribution

Widespread and common throughout southern England and Wales.

Similar Species

Its broad appearance separates it from the other Chaser and Skimmer Dragonflies.

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 39-48mm
  • Very broad flat abdomen with yellow edges.
  • Wing bases are dark brown.
  • Males: blue abdomen.
  • Females and immature males: golden-brown on the abdomen.
  • Regularly returns to the same low perch after swift flights along the pond margins.
Flight PeriodBroad-bodied Chaser

Similar Species

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