It was first spotted at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve in 2018 but this is the first year it has emerged at the nature reserve.
The Broad-bodied chaser is a medium-sized, broad-bodied dragonfly that is on the wing from May to July, and occasionally into August. Now is the perfect time to get out and spot this wonderful dragonfly.
This species is found amongst ponds, small lakes and wetlands. Eycott Hill Nature Reserve has a number of these habitats, with ponds located towards the east and west side of the nature reserve. The Broad-bodied chaser can be spotted taking swift flights out across the water looking for insects, regularly returning to the same perch in between flights.
The broad, flattened body of the Broad-bodied chaser is distinctive and makes this dragonfly appear ‘fat’. The male has a powder-blue body with yellow spots along the sides and a dark thorax, whereas the female is greeny-brown.