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Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)

• English name: Vagrant Emperor
• German name: Schabracken-Königslibelle
• French name: Anax porte-selle
• Dutch name: Zadellibel
• Swedish name: Brun kejsartrollslända
• Norwegian name: Trekkøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Kulku-ukonkorento
• Danish name: Brun kejserguldsmed
• Italian name: Imperatore migrante
• Czech name: šídlo hnědé
• Slovenian name: Afriški minljivec
• Bulgarian name: Прелетен пъстролет

Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)

Distribution map Anax ephippiger

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


General ➤ a large species which regularly visits the Mediterranean area and occasionally ventures further up North
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • the female oviposits in tandem, contact-guarded by the male
  • seldom manages to establish viable long-term populations in Europe
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
  • also known as Hemianax ephippiger
Habitat • shallow, warm and often temporary pools and ponds
Dimensions • typical body length: 61-70 mm; hindwing: 43-48 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the eyes are brown
  • the top of the frons bears three dark bars: in addition to the usual black bars at the top and bottom, there is a third, chocolate-brown bar
 Thorax• the thorax is beige-brown, without an antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• the abdomen is beige-brown, with a thick dark mid-dorsal line
  • in immature animals the saddle on S2 is usually pale violet
MaleAbdomen➤ in mature males a sky-blue saddle covers the top (but not the sides) of S2
  • the upper appendages are tapered and pointed
FemaleAbdomen• the saddle on S2 is pale violet or may be absent altogether
  • the appendages are rounded and pointed
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in the South of Italy
  • the photos we made in Central Italy (Emilia-Romagna) show immature animals at a site where a small population successfully reproduced from around 2006-2009

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's appendages in dorsal view.

Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
Male appendages in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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