Dragonflies and damselflies

Broad bodied chaser male

Broad-bodied chasers

Broad-bodied chasers are common and widespread in the New Forest and can be seen wherever there is still water. They are common and widespread in the southern part of England and south Wales. Almost any still water of any size will hold a few.

Broad-bodied chasers will breed in any still water from the edges of large lakes to small garden ponds, but they do tend to favour the smaller bodies of water. They are often seen patrolling a territory of large puddles! Almost any small pool, pond or large puddle in the New Forest will have a male patrolling it from June to mid-August.

This is one species that easily and quickly colonises new ponds, so if you dig a pond in your garden these beautiful insects are bound to arrive in the first year or two. If you keep the pond free of fish then the dragonflies will breed successfully.

ID tip - The chaser dragonflies and the skimmer dragonflies have bodies that are powder blue. The chasers have a black patch on the base of the wings, which the skimmers lack. However the easiest way to tell a broad-bodied chaser is the fact that it is a fat blue dragonfly with yellow spots down the sides of the body.

Photo credit: David Mott

  1. Dragonflies and damselflies
  2. Azure damselflies
  3. Beautiful demoiselle
  4. Blue-tailed damselfly
  5. Broad-bodied chasers (you are here)
  6. Common darter
  7. Emperor dragonfly
  8. Golden-ringed dragonfly
  9. Keeled skimmer
  10. Large red damselfly
  11. Small red damselfly
  12. Southern damselfly
  13. Southern hawker

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