Libellula depressa. Devon, UK.
The Broad-bodied Chaser is a European dragonfly with an approximate wingspan of 70 millimeters. The dragonfly is mainly found in Wales and Southern England and is active between the months of May and August. It is seen near still-water lakes and ponds, feeding on many types of small insects. The female has a brown abdomen with two yellow stripes. The male has a pale blue abdomen. Because of the male’s pale blue abdomen, they can be confused with the Black-tailed Skimmer, or Orthetrum cancellatum. Both the male and female broad-bodied chasers have dark brown, triangular patches at the base of all four wings. Their flight is very fast as they dart and dive above the water looking for food and fighting away rival males and any other Dragonflies they happen to encounter. They characteristically return to a favoured perch, in the sun.