The Emperor Dragonfly
This is undoubtedly the most majestic of all the dragonflies in the United Kingdom. The males can be seen patrolling over their territory along the water side margins, their vivid colours making them unmistakable.
Seeing an Emperor in effortless flight on a warm summers day is an inspiring sight but getting a still image rather challenging and a story for later.
The Emperor can be seen in flight from early June until late August. It is largely distributed in the southern half of the United Kingdom but is slowing spreading its range northwards.
This dragonfly can be found on all manner of still water bodies from lakes, ponds and canals to gravel pits. However it does like thick and dense low level vegetation in the near vicinity.
The male Emperor is easy to identify when fully mature. It has a vivid blue abdomen, which has an irregular black stripe running down its length. The thorax is apple green as are the eyes. It has clear wings with a yellow leading edge.
The female Emperor is of a much greener appearance, however the markings on its abdomen do turn blue hue with age. Immature specimens have brown eyes and a dull abdomen.