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(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Odonta - Anisoptera Odonta - Anisoptera Odonta - Anisoptera
Four-spotted Chaser- Libellula quadrimaculata Four-spotted Chaser- Libellula quadrimaculata Four-spotted Chaser- Libellula quadrimaculata

UK Status: Resident

Distribution: This dragonfly is common throughout much of Britain, and is still increasing it's range..

Body Length: 38 to 48mm

Wing Span: 47 to 59mm

Habitat: This species favours the edges of well vegetated shallow ponds and lakes, with some more open area's.

Flight Period: From late April through to September.

Larval Period: The life cycle from egg two mature adult is two years.

Food  Source: Most smaller insects and invertebrates.

Similar Species: The identifying feature of this species is the four distinct spots, one on each of the leading edge of the wings. 

     
(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Odonta - Anisoptera Odonta - Anisoptera Odonta - Anisoptera
Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa
     
(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Odonta - Anisoptera Odonta - Anisoptera Odonta - Anisoptera
Black-tailed Skimmer - Orthetrum cancellatum Black-tailed Skimmer - Orthetrum cancellatum Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa

UK Status: Resident.

Distribution: This dragonfly is common throughout most of England and Wales. It is scarcer in northern England, and is now establishing itself at a few sites in southern Scotland.

Body Length: 39mm to 48mm

Wing Span: 50mm to 60mm

Habitat: Small pools and lakes, and even in small garden ponds.

Flight Period: From about late April  through to July and August. In good seasons the species can continue on into early September.

Larval Period: The life cycle from an egg varies from one, to two years depending on how favourable the weather is.

Food  Sources: Most smaller sized insects.

Similar Species: The broad body of this species, makes it's appearance unmistakeable.

     
(Linnaeus 1758)    
Odonta - Anisoptera    
Black-tailed Skimmer - Orthetrum cancellatum    

Status: UK        Resident

Distribution: Common in the Southern half of the UK, but is gradually extended it's range, and is fairly common in Wales. It is uncommon in most of northern England, and scarce in Scotland.

Wingspan:        70mm to 82mm

Body Length:    44mm to 49mm

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, slow flowing rivers, and sometimes marshy areas that have open water, with bare patches on the fringes. Males often rest on these bare patches sunning themselves.

Flight Period:    Sometimes as early as the end of April, and through to early September. In favourable seasons it can be on the wing in late September.

Larval Period:    The larvae from eggs take two, to three years to emerge as adults.

Food  Source: Most small insects, as dragonflies are carniverous.

Similar Species: The Scarce and Keeled casers are similar.

 

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