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Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

Britain's largest Dragonfly, on the wing from June to August. It is instantly recognisable on size and the bright colouration , plus the habit of seemingly unending flight as it patrols margins and reed beds. A wide variety of habitats are used including ponds lakes and slow flowing rivers. Both sexes have an apple green thorax, males have a largely bright blue addomen which in females and immatures is dull to pale green.

A male Emperor Dragonfly at rest, predominently sky blue abdomen and striking apple green thorax, it's unmistakable ....

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Seen closer, the 'greenish blue' eyes are actually green shading into blue. The two tiny claws at the tip of the tarsi provide incredible grip ....

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A teneral female Emperor Dragonfly, hanging onto vegetation whilst the wings harden - ready for that maiden flight! ....

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A different view, the pale green abdomen is marked with brown on both sexes at this age....

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Seen in close up, the apple green thorax does not have any black markings.....

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A flight shot of a male with the unmistakable green thorax and bright blue abdomen....

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