Very early this morning I noticed something moving on a blade of pond grass. On closer inspection it was a large newly-emerged Dragonfly. Unfortunately it was in the shade at this point and very low down so taking any decent picture was not on.
However, I then noticed that there were three separate discarded skins of the larva (two of which were still attached to a leaf and one in the pond water) so have to assume that two emerged yesterday when I was away from home.
Now the point is - what are they? A single wing measured 5cms (about 2") it's total length was 10cms (about 4"). and I consulted my Dragons ID book and believe it's most likely to be an Emperor Dragonfly - although I'd really like it to be one of the Emeralds; unlikely I know but Brilliant Emeralds are seen not too far from where I live.
If you know what it is, I'd be pleased if you would leave a comment.
If only the Dragonfly could have waited till the sun came over the pond...
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