Broad-bodied Chaser. Male.
Last week I visited the Hawthorns Wildlife Centre on Southampton Common.
I saw some rather amazing wildlife, such as this Broad Bodied Chaser, - Libellula depressa -
The male has an very pale blue abdomen, in this case almost white, with a some yellow spots. The female is brown with yellow spots.
I also met a charming family who had just moved to the area from Essex. We chatted for quite some time. The young girls helped me spot the 'best' dragonflies to photograph and this is one they saw. It was resting on a dead stem on the other side of a small "Newt Pond".
Maybe they will visit my blog, I hope so, because this picture is for them. I hope they enjoy their new life in Southampton.
The Biological Records Centre is carrying out a survey of this species. If you record a sighting could you drop into their website at :-http://www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/broad_bodied_chaser_survey/homepage.htm
To check identification you can look herehttp://www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/broad_bodied_chaser_survey/identification.htm
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