Name: Emperor Dragonfly
Scientific name: Anax imperator
Nature Stars: 50
About: A very large hawker-type dragonfly, almost 11cm long. Males are pale blue, with a pale green thorax and a black stripe running the length of the body. Females are similar, but duller greeny blue. On the wing from June to August. A common dragonfly of large ponds and lakes, as well as canals and ditches. Not often found away from water.
How to identify: Easily recognised by the combination of size and mostly blue colour.
Where: Found in central and southern England and south Wales.
Fantastic fact: A characteristic dragonfly of new ponds and gravel pits, where for the first few years the larvae can be extremely common.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc