Four-spotted Chaser. One of my favourite Dragonflies. Flight period mid May to mid August. Fairly approachable with care and a very photogenic species with the golden brown body and the black wing spots.
Broad-bodied Chaser. Flight period mid May to early August. Another striking insect particularly the mature males with their powder blue body with yellow spots down the side. Very approachable and if a small stick or something similar is placed as a perch they will often use it giving great photo opportunities.
Scarce Chaser. Flight period end of May to end of July. Another striking looking chaser that can be mistaken for Broad-bodied Chaser. The differences being the eyes are blue/grey in the Scarce Chaser and Brown in the Broad-bodied Chaser. Also there is a faint dark smudge at the tip of the wing in the Scarce Chaser absent in Broad-bodied Chaser.
Black-tailed Skimmer. Flight period mid May to early August. I find this one difficult to approach and often use a tele-photo zoom lens rather than a macro lens. Males can be mistaken for Broad-bodied or Scarce Chaser. The Black-tailed Skimmer has a longer body and lacks any dark patches at the wing base where the wings join the body.
Keeled Skimmer. Flight period end of May to end of August. I have only had the pleasure of photographing these insects once and found them to be quite wary but approachable with great care. Males are stunning insects with the powder blue abdomen. The eyes of the males are more blue than the Black-tailed Skimmer and the Keeled Skimmer has yellowish shoulder stripes absent in the Black-tailed Skimmer.
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