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Always worth a second look…

By August 10, 2022Blog

Geoff Hall has sent in this rather battered old specimen of a Broad-bodied Chaser seen at The Bog near the Stiperstones. I was about to wax lyrical about the good sustained weather allowing this male to perhaps survive longer and as a result show real signs of wear and tear- like missing pieces of wing! I then took a closer look and realised this was in fact a female Broad-bodied Chaser who has lived long enough to become ‘over mature’ and start to develop the blue pruinescens usually seen in males. The clue is in the anal appendages- shorter and set further apart than in the male.