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Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)

• English name: Lesser Emperor
• German name: Kleine Königslibelle
• French name: Anax napolitain
• Dutch name: Zuidelijke keizerlibel
• Swedish name: Mindre kejsartrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Imperatore minore
• Czech name: šídlo tmavé
• Slovenian name: Modroriti spremljevalec
• Bulgarian name: Тъмен пъстролет

Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)

Distribution map Anax parthenope

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a very large species, reasonably common in the South but progressively rare towards the North
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • the female oviposits in tandem, contact-guarded by the male
  • often shares its habitat with the slightly larger A. imperator and tends to lose out in conflicts with that species
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • well-vegetated lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 62-75 mm; hindwing: 44-51 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the dark mark on top of the frons is small and triangular in shape
 Thorax• the thorax is typically brown, with only the thinnest of dark lines on the side and without an antehumeral stripe
MaleHead➤ the eyes are green
 Abdomen• the abdomen is brown, beige or greenish, with a thick dark mid-dorsal line
  ➤ there is a yellow ring between the brown thorax (and S1) and the sky-blue saddle on S2
FemaleHead• the eyes are pale green, yellow or brown
 Abdomen• the abdomen is typically beige or brown, with a thick dark mid-dorsal line
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany, Sardinia and Tunisia

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr158 16/05/2017 14:32 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr159 13/06/2005 16:28 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon10D +Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr450 20/08/2012 15:12 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr451 26/06/2013 18:33 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr452 03/07/2006 10:18 Netherlands F5.6 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr453 20/08/2012 15:18 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr619 20/08/2012 15:32 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr640 09/09/2014 15:22 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr641 20/08/2012 15:20 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr642 09/09/2011 11:50 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr643 20/08/2012 15:44 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr644 26/06/2013 18:59 Italy F11 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr645 26/06/2013 19:05 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1257 04/10/2009 14:13 Tunisia F5.6 1/1000 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1258 16/05/2017 14:34 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1259 04/10/2009 15:05 Tunisia F5.6 1/1000 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1260 04/10/2009 15:05 Tunisia F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1261 16/05/2017 14:35 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1299 07/10/2009 17:24 Tunisia F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1300 07/10/2009 18:21 Tunisia F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF