A large greenish dragonfly with a metallic sheen
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Looks like a Hairy dragonfly.
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Never seen either in the wild, but this looks exactly like the illustration of a female hairy dragonfly in Hammond.
And I thought I'd identified it as an immature male Downy! But it's 2 against 1...
If it's votes that you want I'll make it 2 all!
I don't think that it matters how many votes you get against Downy Emerald though - this is one, but it's a female not an immature male.
Hairy Dragonfly always has spots visible on the abdomen, rather than the plain green colour (with a touch of bronze) than can be seen on this individual. There are plenty of other identifying characteristics as well, including the pattern of veins in the wing which can clearly be seen in a photograph of this quality. (It would actually be possible to identify this dragonfly to family level (Corduliidae) if only the wings were visible).
The thorax is a different shape on males, narrowing just behind the wings before swelling again to give a club-shaped end.
"Nature will tell you a direct lie if she can" - Charles Darwin.
Lat/Lng: 50.7, -2.2
OS grid ref: SY8690