Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica), Finland
Last year I finally got some shots of this beautiful dragonfly, Brilliant Emerald. It has been very hard to get any chances earlier because they really don't tend to land ever. Fortunately it's rather common here so I'm waiting for the next chance to get better shots with cleaner background :). This individual can be identified as female on the basis of its long vulvar scale which is partly visible in the image.
"The Brilliant Emerald is probably the commonest Emerald in Europe. Its range stretches from Northern Scandinavia down to France and Northern Italy. Somatochlora metallica is a medium-sized dragonfly and - in terms of its behaviour - a typical Emerald species; it's a tireless flier and will hardly ever settle down for a rest.The species' distinguishing features include its entirely metallic-green body and the female's exceedingly long vulvar scale, which sits at a 90-degree angle to the abdomen."
The brilliant emerald, ''Somatochlora metallica'', is a middle-sized species of dragonfly. It is the largest and greenest of the ''Somatochlora'' species; 50–55 millimetres long.
''S. metallica'' is found across most of northern Eurasia where it is the commonest of its genus. In Great Britain, it is locally common in south east England and has a very restricted population in Scotland.