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The Broad bodied Libellula (Libellula depressa)is a ‘darter’ which is a kind of dragonfly. It is more short and stubby than many other dragonflies. The male Broad bodied Libellula like several other of the darters has a lovely pale blue coloured abdomen with six of the sections having a bright yellow mark on either side. Like the blue butterflies there is no actual colour pigment, the blue you see is just light reflected from tiny granules which only reflect the blue wavelength of light. The female as with many species is a dull brown but still has the yellow markings down the side. They spend more time than the ‘hawker’ dragonflies perched in one position, making the odd flight ‘darting’ out to catch prey, find a mate or chase off a rival.