Chasers are characterized by distinctive dark triangular patches at the root of the hind-wings. This is also one of the potentially confusing pruinose characters (or prunes, as Carol and I call them affectionately), though the broad abdomen of its name makes it reasonably distinctive.
If you find our pruinose dragonflies a little confusing, here is an id/comparison chart to help.
Another common source of confusion is distinguishing immature males from females. This comparison chart should help.
- Very broad, flattened abdomen
- Dark triangular patches on inboard of hind-wing
- Dark bars on inboard of fore-wing
- Dorsal surface of abdomen covered in blue pruinosity (mature ♂)
|immature male||male in flight|
|female||female in flight|