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Female Emperor (dragonfly) ovipositing

Anax imperator


This is Britain's largest dragonfly at a whopping 78mm long! here the female is laying her eggs underneath the leaves in the pond. She laid eggs in several different places as there are as many predators in the water as on the surface. You can see the size comparison between her and the common blue damselflies in second and fourth photo. The male emperor was flying across the pond chasing off any other incoming dragonflies whilst she was laying.


seen on one of the ponds at Potteric Carr nature reserve, owned and maintained by the Yorkshire wildlife trust.

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Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Haha no you can't compete with a beast of a dragonfly like this ;-)

PedroNicolau 10 years ago

Poor damselfly, you really can't compete with this monster!

Debbie Stewart
Spotted by
Debbie Stewart

Doncaster, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jul 11, 2013
Submitted on Jul 13, 2013

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