Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata

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A few pictures of Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata

  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata:  A3P2005
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata:  A3P2012
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata:  A3P2014
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata:  A3P2019
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata:  A3P2021
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata:  A3P2030
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata:  A3P2246
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata:  A3P2253
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata: Image
    Male - Felmersham NR. In spite of it's very tatty wings, still a good flier!
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Classification:

Odonata        
Anisoptera     True dragonflies
  Libellulidae   Chasers, Skimmers, & Darters

Medium sized yellowish brown dragonfly with prominently spotted wings. Easy to identify due to the diagnostic wing patterns.

The male is mostly a dull brown, with yellow strips along the short abdomen, the female is a brighter, more yellow colour. Both feature a black tipped abdomen, more noticeable in the female.

There is a variation called praenubila that has more extensive wing markings around the pterostigma.

Habitat

Common at ponds and lakes that feature plenty of vegetation, where they will perch at the water's edge surveying their territory. Less commonly found along slower rivers.

Where to see

Lots found at Felmersham NR. I've seen many on the River Great Ouse between Kempston and Bromham.

Visible between May and mid September.