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Emperor Dragonfly

Anax imperator


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

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PatriciaPi 9 years ago


Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Great work on that!

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 9 years ago

what a beauty!

PatriciaPi 9 years ago

thank's @Dixie and @Skitolaf8!

Skitolaf8 9 years ago

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

Dixie 9 years ago

Wonderful Series!

PatriciaPi 9 years ago

thank you so much @RobBielawski!

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Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

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

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