The Long Skimmer was recently recorded in the Maltese Islands in 2003 and was recorded breeding on the island of Gozo in 2004. It is originally an african species which seems to be expanding its range possible due to climage change. Its natural habitats are rivers, shrub-dominated wetlands, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.
I am not sure if this is the emperor dragonfly (please let me know if it isn't). I saw this female dragonfly lay eggs around the floating leaves and sticks that where floating on the surface of a still water pond. It seems that they lay the eggs this way so the newborn dragonflies can survive on small insects that live in the pond.
Photographed this dragonfly after approximately 30minutes of licking the gravel with my whole body. Finally managed to get a decent shot. Hope you like this one. For more information about this species go here.