This rather uniformly brown dragonfly is quite active in late spring and summer.

Males and females: Both look a like. Two obvious dark spots on each wing.


Where to See

Latin NameLibellula quadrimaculata

Found at the margins of shallow ponds and lakes which have good emergent vegetation and some open water.


Status & Distribution

Common throughout the British Isles.

Similar Species

Could be confused with other Chaser Dragonflies.

Can be distinguished by its dark wing spots.

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 39-48mm
  • Wing has yellow base and diagnostic dark spots at nodes (half way down leading wing vein).
  • Males and females are alike.
  • Brown abdomen becoming darker towards the rear with a row of yellow spots along each side.
  • Brown thorax
  • Brown eyes.
  • Rare Praenubila colour form has dark wing tips.
Flight PeriodFour-spotted Chaser