Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)

Adult male Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa - unknown subspecies) at Geddington, Northants - June 2010

OTHER NAMES: Broad-bodied Darter
Length: 39-48mm
Wingspan: 70mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

A distinctive dragonfly which lives up to its name in indeed having a distinctive broad body - which makes it a lot bulkier than most dragonflies. This above specimen is a male, the females are an ochre-ey yellow. It is supposedly relatively common, but I have only encountered one once.

Related Species:
Order: Odonata 

Family: Libellulidae 
Genus: Libellula
SUBSPECIES: L. d. depressa, L. d. taurica

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A fairly common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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