hi there,

was sitting in the garden with friends when this insect landed on a friend. We where wondering what kind of insect it is as i dont believe its native to my country (Scotland)

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It looks like a dragonfly to me, an ancient predatory insect, though I couldn't tell you which species you have there. Dragonflies are very widespread throughout the world, and even if you haven't seen them in Scotland before, it is likely that there some native species. Some of them migrate large distances, thousands of kilometres in one case, so they can be seasonal.

Could be this one?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/p … html/5.stm

Yep, definitely a male golden-ringed dragonfly. A species of moors and heaths, they like shallow streams on these habitats with gravelly or silty bottoms that the females lays her eggs in. The nymphs can live for 3 to 5 years, depending on temperature and prey availability.