Anax ephippiger

Vagrant Emperor - breeds in small ponds and marshes and can tolerate brackish conditions. The male has a blue saddle as shown here whereas the females are darker in colour and the blue saddle is far less obvious appearing as a violet shade. This dragonfly erratically occurs in the UK although I photographed this one at Cabanas salt pans in Portugal during October.

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