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Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)

[ Show Info• Scientific name: Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
• English name: Vagrant Emperor
• German name: Schabracken-Königslibelle
• French name: Anax porte-selle
• Dutch name: Zadellibel
• Swedish name: Brun kejsartrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: Brun kejserguldsmed
• Typical length: 61-70 mm
• Hindwing: 43-48 mm
] | [ Show MapDistribution mapVagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
Map data based on Kalkman, V. J. & J.-P. Boudot (eds.), Atlas of the Dragonflies of Europe (in prep.)
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The Vagrant Emperor is essentially an African/Asian species which occasionally ventures into Europe. Its presence in Europe tends to be concentrated in the Mediterranean but it has been seen as far North as Iceland. Anax ephippiger is a fairly large dragonfly whose eyes, thorax and abdomen are predominantly brown. The only distinguishing feature to break this brown 'monotony' is the so-called saddle on S2. In mature males this saddle is a bright light blue; in immature males and females it's a pale violet. Nearly all our photographs of this species to date are of young animals, demonstrating its reproduction at this Italian site. After copulation the pair stays together and the female oviposits in tandem.

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

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PhotoID: Dr727 25/08/2007 09:22 Italy F5.6 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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PhotoID: Dr730 20/08/2007 11:09 Italy F5.6 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon30D +Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr731 25/08/2007 09:31 Italy F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr742 25/08/2007 09:51 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr744 25/08/2007 10:03 Italy F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO125 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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PhotoID: Dr745 20/09/2014 10:02 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr746 25/08/2007 10:17 Italy F7.1 1/100 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr747 20/09/2014 10:04 Spain F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr748 25/08/2007 10:47 Italy F5.6 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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PhotoID: Dr750 25/08/2007 10:55 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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PhotoID: Dr752 25/08/2007 11:40 Italy F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr754 25/08/2007 12:11 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
PhotoID: Dr755 25/08/2007 12:17 Italy F5.6 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF