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Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)

• Scientific name: Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
• 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
• Typical length: 62-75 mm
• Hindwing: 44-51 mm

Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)

Distribution map

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

Like the Blue and Vagrant Emperors, the Lesser Emperor has been extending its range northwards. It's now a fairly common sight as far North as the Netherlands, even though its European home is still in the Mediterranean basin. Anax parthenope is a fairly large dragonfly. Its main distinguishing features include the yellow ring at the base of S1, its green eyes, and - on a predominantly brown abdomen - a light-blue saddle on S2 (although the latter feature may be absent in juveniles and females). After copulation the pair stays together and the female oviposits in tandem.

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