posted on Aug, 22 2013 @ 09:28 PM
reply to post by Mayacara
I am going to have to agree with Mayacara, I have seen one of these things myself! In fact the only reason that I found this post was because I was
arguing with my flatmate over the existence of these 'creatures'.
I was out with friends near Waltham Abbey, just outside of North London, Summer of 2011, maybe July August time of year, very, very hot day! Very
sunny. This area is specifically a dragonfly reserve and hosts many rare and large breeds, I saw many varieties of every different color that day,
more different varieties than I could count some as long as 120mm already! As well as some very rare breeds of butterfly and some very colorful black
and purple moths!
Was just lying on the grass watching the clouds and saw a MASSIVE dragonfly buzzing overhead! The buzz was so loud I could hear it from 2 meters below
as it whizzed overhead. First instinct was that it was a bird but as it went overhead I realized this was DEFINITELY a dragonfly, approx 200-220mm in
length from tip to tail with a wingspan easily of the same if not more. All black with a hairy thorax bigger than my fist! Double set of all black
wings that one would expect from a Darner or Emerald variety coming out from the top of the thorax that looked just as you would expect from any
dragonfly but it looks no family of dragonfly I am familiar with due to the MASSIVE thorax and the slightly disproportionately short abdomen for a
dragonfly, but a dragonfly nontheless.
Large breeds of dragonfly are definitely audible in mid-flight. I spent about 30 mins today interacting with a beautiful Blue Emperor dragonfly that
was approx 70mm+ in length! It made a very distinctive buzzing sound when it came close, just like the giant dragonfly I encountered in Waltham!
I have spent hours today online trying to research what this breed is and seems that this has either not been undiscovered/classified yet or is a VERY
rare breed that no-one has managed to photgraph yet. I am going to Waltham tomorrow to try and get some pics of dragonfly breeds there and will try
and catch a snap of one of these!!!