Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)

The warm weather of the last couple of days has started an irruption of insects emerging from the garden pond.

The undoubted stars of the show have been three Broad Bodied Chasers. Whilst a common species they are stunning colours and the female in iridescent green with yellow triangles along the side is a joy to behold.

The interesting thing here is that immature males are also greenish when they first emerge but turn blue with maturity. They are not as striking as the females though.

They have a preference for still, fresh water and garden ponds are ideal for them. It will not be long before the females are back laying eggs in the pond they left and we look forward to seeing them dab their eggs on to the vegetation in our pond.

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