I've seen some amazing dragonflies recently - absolutely huge ones but unfortunately i haven't managed to take photos of them all. There were some amazing vivid blue and metallic turquoise ones but they were far too fast and not willing to pose.
I've been trying to find out more about the dragonflies - I don't have any reference materials that deal with dragonflies in any depth, so i've been doing a lot of googling
I've found out that a country name for dragonfly in the US is 'devil's darning needle' and sometimes they were called "Horse Stingers' in parts of the UK which was something I didn't know before.
I've seen one similar to this identified as Aeshna isoceles which is the latin name for the Norfolk Hawker dragonfly but when I've loooked at the British Dragonfly Society site it didn't look like their Norfolk Hawker -so mysterious at the moment.
I think it looks remarkably like a military helicopter perched on this lavender stalk.
Dragonflies catch insects in flight -they eat a lot of mosquitoes ansd pests - but a lot of people are freaked out by their size and speed [they can fly at speeds of up to 25 mles an hour]
This one I think is a female Darter dragonfly - i'm not sure if its the Vagrant Darter Sympetrum vulgatum or the Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum as they are very similar.
It had a wingspan and body larger than my hand.