The Scarce Chaser
This Scarce variety as its name suggests is the least common of the the three United kingdom members of Chaser Dragonfly family.
However it may be locally common if a suitable location for breeding is located. It can be seen from mid May through to late July or early August.
This chaser is found on rivers and can be seen basking in the sun on tall stands of umbellifers in the adjacent fields and meadows.
I travelled down to the Dorset Stour, which is possibly the home of the Scarce Chaser in England to capture these images. I need to spend more time in the pursuit of this species which is also colonising sections of the River Wey in Surrey and Hampshire.
The mature male has a blue abdomen with black segments on its tip. It also has dark patches at the wing bases and black wing tips which may be very feint. Its eyes are a steely blue in colour.
The female and the immature male are very similar and have an orange abdomen with a black central jagged stripe. They could be confused, so close examination of the anal apendages is necessary to differentiate one from the other.