Description

Migratory species appearing at any time of year.

Male: Yellow-brown with a blue patch at the top of the abdomen.

Female: Yellow-brown with only a hint of blue coloration at the top of the abdomen.

 

 

 

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Where to See

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 instead of brown.
  • More blue coloration on the abdomen.
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 63mm
  • Brown eyes.
  • Yellow costa (leading wing vein).
  • Long, brown pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Brown body.
  • Male: blue patch on segment 2 near the top of the abdomen.
  • Female: only a hint of blue coloration on segment 2.
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