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Magnificent Emperor (Anax immaculifrons)

• Scientific name: Anax immaculifrons Rambur, 1842
• English name: Magnificent Emperor
• German name: Indische Königslibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Beekkeizerlibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 80-86 mm
• Hindwing: 54-60 mm

Magnificent Emperor (Anax immaculifrons)

Distribution map

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

With a body length of about 85 mm the Magnificent Emperor (Anax immaculifrons) is one of Europe's largest dragonflies. It's also one of its most impressive species, with its unhurried, king-of-the-hill flight and its formidable hunting skills. Standing in a river and seeing this beautiful insect drifting low and slowly towards you really is a wonderful experience. Anax immaculifrons is an oriental species with a few isolated (and typically small) populations in the Eastern Mediterranean, e.g. on Cyprus, Rhodes and some smaller islands in the Aegean. The male's abdomen is black with pink-and-beige bands, the eyes are light blue, the frons is white (hence the species' scientific name) and the thorax is greenish on top with two wide light-blue bands on the side. The female looks very much like a Cordulegaster, sporting broad yellow bands on her black thorax and abdomen. We were very fortunate to see and photograph two males of this wonderful species during a 2009 field trip. Females, unfortunately, weren't to be seen at the time of our visit and therefore remain on our to-do list.

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