Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

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The , , is a large and powerful species of hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae, averaging 78 millimetres in length. It is found mainly in Europe and nearby Africa and Asia. As it wanders widely it can also be encountered elsewhere. Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax. Females have a green thorax and abdomen. The male is highly territorial, and difficult to approach. The species lives by larger ponds, gravel pits, and slow rivers.

 

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Steven Scott

Amazing study of this interesting dragonfly!

Steven Scott

Amazing study of this interesting dragonfly!

Ken Billington

Gideon, many thanks for your kind comments.

Gideon Schutte

this some of the best of dragonfly images I have seen – amazing! Compliments to Ken Billington.