Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata
A few pictures of Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata
|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.
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.