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Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator)

• English name: Blue Emperor
• German name: Grosse Königslibelle
• French name: Anax empereur
• Dutch name: Grote keizerlibel
• Swedish name: Blå kejsartrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Keisarikorento
• Danish name: Stor kejserguldsmed
• Italian name: Imperatore comune
• Czech name: šídlo královské
• Slovenian name: Veliki spremljevalec
• Bulgarian name: Царски пъстролет

Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator)

Distribution map Anax imperator

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


General • a very large species, common and widespread throughout Europe but still rare in the very North
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Anax imperator Leach, 1815
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • the female oviposits on her own, unguarded by the male, on floating vegetation
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • well-vegetated ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 66-84 mm; hindwing: 45-52 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the black mark on top of the frons is pentagonal in shape
 Thorax• the thorax is typically apple green, with only the thinnest of dark lines on the side and without an antehumeral stripe
MaleHead• the eyes are blue-green
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is light blue, with a thick dark mid-dorsal line
FemaleHead• the eyes are green-yellow
 Abdomen• the abdomen is light blue, pale green or beige, with a thick dark mid-dorsal line
 Wings• the wings may have a suffused orange tint
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the South of Italy

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Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr081 29/07/2016 11:42 Italy F8 1/500 150mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr082 23/05/2011 13:49 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr083 20/08/2014 15:26 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr085 11/06/2011 15:02 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr086 16/05/2017 12:32 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator) ♀

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr152 19/07/2009 11:17 Italy F5.6 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr088 06/08/2015 15:49 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr089 12/09/2009 11:31 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr090 18/08/2014 12:55 Italy F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr094 04/08/2015 15:27 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr103 12/08/2010 15:44 Italy F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D +Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr135 05/05/2015 11:44 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr136 02/07/2014 16:34 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr141 05/06/2008 12:28 Italy F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr353 26/08/2005 11:49 Italy F4.5 1/1000 180mm ISO200 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF
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Blå kejsartrollslända (Anax imperator) ♀

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr143 12/04/2017 12:22 Italy F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr087 24/09/2014 13:28 Spain F9.5 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr142 20/08/2014 11:33 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr392 14/07/2008 15:44 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr393 23/05/2011 13:50 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF