Not only the largest, but proportionately the fastest animal on earth.....They only fly at about 25mph, but they are moving at their body length multiplied by 100 equals inches per second. That means a 4 inch dragonfly is flying at 400 inches per second!!! The peregrine falcon would have to dive at 1500 feet per second to match the dragonfly's feat!!!
At the risk of sounding redundant with what everyone else said, that's a beautiful shot, and I really would like to know how you got it. Was it just dumb luck, did you raise the thing, or did you know where it planted itself a while back?
it's ok for me, if you'd like to get some more information. The day before I took this pic I found several exuviae of this species near/in a small pond. A friend of mine said that this species is known to go through its final moult (from imago to adult) through the night. So I went to this place in the evening and searched for larvae hanging already on a branch. Luckily I found two. To make sure not to tread down other animals near the larva I chose to make a pic of, I carefully broke the branch off and put it into the ground some meters away. Afterwards I made several pics (round about 100), because it was already dark (exposure time was very long) and a bit windy. As mentioned before only 2 or 3 pictures were ok. Additionally I used a small reflector to lighten up the head a bit.