Description

Migratory species appearing at any time of year.

Male: Brown and black with a blue patch near the top of the abdomen.

Female and immature: Only a hint of blue coloration.

Where to See

Weight2
Latin NameAnax ephippiger
Habitat

Breeds in small ponds and marshes and can tolerate brackish conditions.

Status & Distribution

Rare migrant from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. It is a well known long-distance migrant, and may occasionally appear even in winter.

Similar Species

Lesser Emperor

  • Green eyes.
  • More blue coloration.
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 63mm
  • Brown eyes.
  • Costa (leading wing vein) is yellow.
  • Long, brown pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Male: Brown and black with a blue patch on segment 2 near the top of the abdomen.
  • Female and immature: Only a hint of blue coloration.
Flight PeriodVagrant Emperor
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