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Emperor Dragonfly Andy

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax Imporator)

The Emperor dragonfly is one of the largest species of hawker dragonfly in Europe and is my favourite dragonfly. I have spent many hours spent watching these powerful flyers flying around my local quarry and lakes in the New Forest, Hampshire.

Both sexes which are similarly marked have an apple green thorax and a sky blue abdomen with a central dark stripe, the female has a greener blue abdomen. These dragonflies are very territorial, especially the males chasing it each other high into the sky with amazing speed and agility. They mostly catch and eat their prey on the wing. The adult dragonflies can be seen from June to late August. A lot of patience is needed when filming these beautiful dragonflies especially the males.