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dragonfly Broad-Bodied Chasers

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Scientific name:  Libellula depressa

Size:  Wingspan up to 70mm

Distribution:  Found in England and Wales, more frequently in the south

Months seen:  May to August

Life Span:  Approximately 2 years, most of which is spent in the aquatic larval stage

Habitat:  Usually found near still water (ponds and lakes)

Food:  Insects (which are caught on the wing)

Special features:  Female Broad-bodied chasers have a broad, yellow coloured abdomen.  Male Broad-bodied chasers have a broad, pale blue abdomen.  Both the male and female have brown triangular patches at the base of all four wings.

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