Libellula fulva (Scarce Chaser/Blue Chaser)

Another prune and another Chaser, though the scarce bit wasn’t applicable around Arçais, which was crawling with them in 2011. I fancy I must have been guilty of dismissing them as Black-tailed Skimmers on earlier visits. Didn’t spot any females, though – they were certainly scarce!

If you find our pruinose dragonflies a little confusing, here is an id/comparison chart to help.

Id Notes

  • Dark triangle on inboard edge of hind-wing (typical Chaser)
  • Bright orange abdomen with dark dorsal stripe (♀)
  • Blue pruinose abdomen, black-tipped at S8-10 (mature ♂)
  • Blue/grey eyes (mature ♂)
  • Sometimes faint, dark patches at wing tips
immasture male
2 comments on “Libellula fulva (Scarce Chaser/Blue Chaser)
  1. Keith Capon says:

    Have not seen in Surrey – many in Sussex. Where are they found – if any in Surrey?

    • JC says:

      I’ve had a look on the NBN Atlas which is where all county records end up, eventually – it takes a couple of years for them to filter through. There were records of L. fulva submitted in 2019 around Ripley. Given that it’s a river species, I imagine they were related to the River Wey, nearby.

      You could also contact the Surrey County Recorder for the BDS and ask.

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