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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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03 February, 2015

Emperor Dragonfly: in its birthday suit | Nature Notes from Dorset

The Emperor's new clothes? Well, this emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator) looks splendid in its birthday suit! This is undoubtedly our most impressive dragonfly, the biggest and most beautiful; whoever named it certainly chose well. In some years they seem quite scarce, other years almost common. Quite often they are confused with the southern hawker which is also a blue colour but once you have seen the emperor dragonfly I doubt you ever forget it.

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