Yes I know its dead , As you know this blog is recording all the insects and other wildlife I get in my small Cambridgeshire garden. Well this was alive when it entered my garden and flew into my studio. It must have been when I was on holiday as I always check for butterflies etc that fly in. It gets very hot in there up to 40deg on a sunny day so it either died that way or by spider bite.
Sad as I would have loved to photograph it alive especially since they are Scarce as the name suggests
The mature male Scarce Chaser possesses pale blue pruinescence on the abdomen. Its eyes are blue. However, prior to maturation the male and female look very similar and are highly distinctive with vivid orange colouration, black triangular shaped markings on the upper surface of each abdominal segment and dark bases to the wings. Synchronised emergence usually begins towards the end of May, and adults can be seen on the wing until early August.
Management Fact File
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The Scarce Chaser is a species of Lowland river floodplains and usually inhabits slow-flowing, meandering rivers and large dykes. Occasionally mature gravel pits and nearby ponds also support populations. Inhabited sites characteristically have good water quality, which supports submerged and floating plants as well as prolific stands of emergent vegetation. Ovipositing females require areas of slow flowing open water, and the adults require some shrub or tree shelter.
Status & Distribution
L. fulva is scarce in Britain and is consequently listed under category 3 (scarce) in the British Red Data Book on Insects.
The Scarce Chaser is restricted to 6 main localities in Norfolk/Suffolk, Sussex, Wiltshire/Somerset, Cambridgeshire, Kent and Dorset/Hampshire. Populations appear to be stable and there is evidence that suggests that it may be expanding its range.