This beautiful dragonfly was photographed in flight as it would not land anywhere near. Large (up to 70mm but I believe this one was larger) and a very fast flyer, the Southern hawker has green markings on a black body; the male (spotted here) also has blue spots on the abdomen. The species is recognizable by its large oval spots on the shoulders
Still or slow-flowing water, but will wander widely and is often seen in gardens and open woodland. Spotted here at a pond with reeds and dense vegetation. Alt. 1300m
Wikipedia indicates that this is an inquisitive species that will approach people. The dragonfly indeed came out of the reeds and checked me out several times, but never landed nearby and went back to the reeds area.
Lat: 46.51, Long: 6.95
Spotted on Aug 2, 2011
Submitted on Aug 3, 2011
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