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Emperor Dragonfly

Anax imperator

Description:

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

Habitat:

It is found mainly in Europe and nearby Africa and Asia. The species lives by larger ponds, gravel pits, and slow rivers.

Notes:

A male emperor dragonfly found when I was working in a shop. Probably because of the wind

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9 Comments

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 9 years ago

thank's!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Great work on that!

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 9 years ago

thank you so much!
yes it was alive, it was very dificult take the photos! :)

(after the photo session, I let him go)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Great shots. Was it alive?

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

what a beauty!

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 9 years ago

thank's @Dixie and @Skitolaf8!

Skitolaf8
Skitolaf8 9 years ago

Beautiful photos! You certainly captured the beauty of this Dragonfly!

Dixie
Dixie 9 years ago

Wonderful Series!

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 9 years ago

thank you so much @RobBielawski!

PatriciaPi
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Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Aug 8, 2012
Submitted on Aug 8, 2012

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