A frequent migrant
visitor to our shores which may appear anywhere
there is standing water although does have a
preference for larger ponds and lakes. Reported
from over 20 sites in 2006 but 2017 has seen a
large influx which, with luck, may increase on
Similar to our
own native Emperor Dragonfly but smaller and not
as vibrant. There is a very noticeable,
bright blue "saddle"
at S2 which is recognisable in flight. The rest of
the abdomen and the thorax is brown while the eyes
are bright green. When seen side by side with our
'Blue' Emperor the differences are unmistakleable,
and this can happen frequently where there is a
dispute over territory.
The females (usually)
oviposit in tandem with the male - which is
another diagnostic - although I've yet to be lucky
enough to witness this.