Broccolee wrote:Since then the girls are rather wary of dragonflies.
They really shouldn't be,if anything they are only after the gnats/mosquitos about to bite you!
From the description and your location i suspect it to be a Große Königslibelle (Anax imperator/Emperor).
And as it's designation Große(=great/big)already states it is big.
In our neck of the woods it is indeed one of the if not the biggest around(although 11cms seems to be the max. ).
The males are more blue,like this one :
The only other suspects for me would be a Southern Hawker/Blue Darner (Aeshna cyanea),just a bit smaller than the Emperor :
or a Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta),even a tiny bit smaller still,but much more prolific :
The weather is turning nasty here,so the dragon- and damselfly season has come to an end i highly suspect.
So i'll be turning more to the skies for the next months,for shots like this :
My first European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)...