This powerful dragonfly is one of the largest species in Europe. They frequently fly high up into the sky in search of prey, which includes butterflies, Four-spotted Chasers and tadpoles; small prey is eaten on the wing. The females lay the eggs into plants such as pondweed, and always lay alone. Is a large and powerful species of hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae, averaging 78 millimetres (3.1 in) in length. 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
It is found mainly in Europe and nearby Africa and Asia. The species lives by larger ponds, gravel pits, and slow rivers.
A male emperor dragonfly found when I was working in a shop. Probably because of the wind
Lat: 38.64, Long: 0.07
Spotted on Aug 8, 2012
Submitted on Aug 8, 2012