The first 2 sightings of Broad-bodied Chaser have been reported. Yvonne in Cross Houses was lucky enough to see this female (below right) emerge from her own garden pond and also gets to keep the fascinating exuvia (below left)-really nice to compare and contrast with a Four-spotted Chaser exuvia should Yvonne find one of those too! Just a day later Jan Shields photographed this fabulous female (left) near the Rea Brook -the width of the abdomen really illustrating why they are called broad- bodied.
Back on Whixall Moss things are picking up with Stephen Barlow reporting Four-spotted Chasers and Large Red Damselflies mating and ovipositing. He also recently saw 6 further White-faced Darters and shown here (left) is a lovely photo of the immature male – useful to compare and contrast with the very similar female from my post a couple of days ago.