Four-spotted chaser

Libellula quadrimaculata

About

The four-spotted chaser is a medium-sized, fairly broad-bodied dragonfly. It is on the wing from the end of May to August and is commonly found on heathland and moorland as well as around ponds, lakes and in woods. Four-spotted chasers are active dragonflies, spending a lot of time hawking over water for insect-prey or to mark out their territories. They mate on the wing and then the female hovers over the water, dipping the tip of her abdomen in, and drops her eggs on to vegetation below the surface.

How to identify

Both sexes of the four-spotted chaser are golden-brown, getting darker towards the tip of the body and with yellow spots along the sides. Two dark spots at the front edge of each wing give this dragonfly its name and an easily recognisable appearance.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife, including the four-spotted chaser. But these precious sites are under threat from development, drainage and climate change. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Four-spotted chaser
Latin name
Libellula quadrimaculata
Category
Invertebrates
Dragonflies and damselflies
Statistics
Length: 3.9-4.8cm
Conservation status
Common.