Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
A moderately sized (48mm) dragonfly with a downy thorax and metallic green body with a copper sheen. Preferring still water habitats near deciduous woodland.

Males patrol low along the shore on larger water bodies and pursue a zig-zag pattern across small ponds. Several males may share the same pond, seeking out their own territories until a saturation point is reached.

Females oviposit into leaf debris in shady nooks along the shore. Males often explore these nooks & crannies in search of females and when coupled the pair usually flies out of reach into the treeline.

Both sexes can be observed hunting along woodland paths and rides, usually perching to devour prey. Easily disturbed, therefore a challenge to photograph perched.
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