- Emperor (dragonfly)
name = Emperor Dragonfly
image_width = 200px
image_caption = Female laying eggs
genus = "Anax"
species = "A. imperator"
binomial = "Anax imperator"
binomial_authority = Leach, 1815The Emperor Dragonfly, "Anax imperator", is a large and powerful species of
European hawker dragonflyof the family Aeshnidae, averaging convert|78|mm|in|1|abbr=off|lk=off 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. The species lives by larger ponds, gravel pits, and slow rivers.
Dragonflyis one of the largest species in Europe. They frequently fly high up into the sky in search of prey, which includes Butterfliesto Four-spotted Chasers, small prey is eaten on the wing. The females lay the eggs into plants such as pondweed, and always lay alone.
* [http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/species/dragonfly_damselfly/emperor_dragonfly/index.php Emperor Dragonfly]
They are often found hovering above ponds or lakes looking for a mate
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