The Brilliant Emerald has apple green eyes and the abdomen and thorax are dark metallic emerald green with a bright bronze sheen. The wings are suffused by saffron, particularly in the female.
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Encyclopedia of British Dragonflies
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Description|
|Ruddy Darter||Sympetrum sanguineum||
This species is smaller than the Common Darter. The legs are entirely black. An intense orange... more
|Black-tailed Skimmer||Orthetrum cancellatum||
Females and immatures are pale, yellowish brown with two bold lines running along the length of... more
|Green Darner||Anax junius||
This large Hawker is one of the commonest in North America but in 1998, after hurricane... more
|Golden-ringed Dragonfly||Cordulegaster boltonii||
A striking, black and insect with yellow rings along the length of the abdomen. The female is... more
|Four-spotted Chaser||Libellula quadrimaculata||
Both sexes have a brown ground colour becoming darker over the head and almost orange on the... more