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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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22 May, 2010

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.