Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata
Immature Four-spotted Chaser, Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England, May 2008 - click for larger image Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, England
May 2008

The Four-spotted Chaser is widespread throughout the British Isles though largely absent from north-east England. It is also found in Europe and North America. It is found in a wide variety of habitats including heathland, fens, gravel pits and gardens.
Immature Four-spotted Chaser, Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England, May 2008 - click for larger image These photos show an immature which I found on a tree above my garden pond and may well have just emerged from there. Note the spot in the middle of the wing which gives the species both its English and its scientific names. The dragonfly emerges in late May and June and flies through to mid August.

Immature Four-spotted Chaser, Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England, May 2008 - click for larger image
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