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Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)

• Scientific name: Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
• English name: Broad-Bodied Chaser
• German name: Plattbauch
• French name: Libellule déprimée
• Dutch name: Platbuik
• Swedish name: Bred trollslända
• Norwegian name: Bred blålibelle
• Finnish name: Litteähukankorento
• Danish name: Blå libel
• Italian name: Libellula panciapiatta
• Czech name: vážka ploská
• Slovenian name: Modri ploščec
• Bulgarian name: Плоскотело живениче
• Typical length: 39-48 mm
• Hindwing: 32-38 mm

Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)

Distribution map

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies

The Broad-Bodied Chaser is an aptly-named species: its abdomen is indeed exceedingly broad and flat. It's a fairly large dragonfly which is common throughout Europe, although it's absent from Northern Scandinavia, Scotland and Ireland. Apart from its flattened abdomen, Libellula depressa's main distinguishing features include the male's light-blue abdomen with yellow patches laterally, the female's and immature male's brown abdomen (again with yellow patches), the pale and broad antehumeral stripes, and the brown patches at the wing bases. In this species more than any other we've observed a fair number of androchromatic females, i.e. females sporting adult male colours.

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