Identification key to male chaser, skimmer and darter dragonflies

Chasers (Libellulas)
Medium sized dragonflies, abdomen relatively short and broad usually with yellow spots along sides, wings have broad brown patch at base
Skimmers (Orthetrums)
Medium sized dragonflies, abdomen greyish-blue, wings clear
Darters (Sympetrums)
Small dragonflies, body red, yellow or black, often perch on marginal vegetation

Nelson, B., Thompson, R. & Morrow, C., 2000 (June 29). [In] DragonflyIreland

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