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A big guy

Picture taken by Betty Kirkpatrick in the garden at Crystal Wells Rinnigal on Hoy. She says that it was almost as long as a cigarette packet.
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Picture added on 24 August 2007
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Is it a dragon fly?
Added by Barbara on 24 August 2007
I think it's a male Common Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna juncea). My dragonfly book gives an average length of 74mm (about 2.9") for this species, which is a fair bit shorter than the average cigarette packet.
A very handsome insect anyway, well photographed.
Added by Ian Hourston on 04 February 2013
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