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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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03 March, 2015

Broad Bodied Chaser: the boys in blue | Nature Notes from Dorset

Bright blue is a popular colour amongst odonata. In damselflies we see this in the common blue and azure damselflies and three or four other less common species and in dragonflies there is the mighty emperor of course as well as keeled and black-tailed skimmer but this beauty is the impressive male broad-bodied chaser (Libellula depressa). If you see a dragonfly that is bright blue it is always worth a closer look just to make sure you do not jump to conclusions. 
The broad-bodied chaser is quite common and is one of the most likely blue dragons you will see. The male is very different in colouring to the female which is olive green. The broad-bodied chaser is best identified through its ... broad body!

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