BLUE EMPEROR - Anax imperator by Magaret Meintjes

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Sizing Information

Small 11.7" x 8.0"
Medium 17.5" x 12.0"
Large 23.4" x 16.0"
X large 29.2" x 20.0"


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BLUE EMPEROR – Anax imperator
Camera Nikon D50
lens Sigma 70-300mm DG
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Identification: Very large (wingspan 105mm), with sky blue abdomen and green thorax.
Females closely resemble males. Nymphs very large (body length 55mm), with flatened head, eyes nearly meeting in the midline, labial mask reaching the base of the last pair of legs when folded and lateral spines on 3 abdominal segments. Early- stage nymphs have very broad contrasting bands of cream and black.
Biology: Prefers standing water, where females settle on water lilies and curl the ovipositer underneath to pierce plant tissue and insert eggs. Frequently preys on other large dragonflies such as Pantala flavescens. Nymphs also attack large prey, including fish and tadpoles. Migratory adults occur from October-June.
Habitat: Common near pools, streams and rivers, including brackish waters and organically enriched stagnant bodies of water. Widespread, extending to Europe and Western Asia.
Related species: There are three species in the genus. Anax tristis (wingspan 130mm) is the largest African dragonfly. The massive nymphs of Anax speratus are similar to those of Anax imperator but are more boldly marked, and differ in the pattern of spines (the anal pyramid) at the tip of the abdomen.

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  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 6 years ago

    Mags, another great read and image from you! Excellent as always!

  • How on earth do you do it! I wait fir a gap that I can upload and the next minute you are there! This is amazing… wow… what a moderator of what ever you call it you are! excellent! Thank you my dear friend, you are just an amazing person and inspiration! big hug xxxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 6 years ago

  • Yool
    Yoolover 6 years ago

    Wonderful image my friend !!!!!

  • wow! you are as quick as Cora! How do you guys do it! You cetainly are a plus to any group you spend your precious time on dear Yool! thank you so much, visiting doctors this week and i am trying to upload as much as possible as I think my hubby will be hospitalized and I don’t know how long I will be away if that happens. Thank you dear Yool, you are such an inspiration, really means so much to me. take care dear friend xxxxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dennis Jones - CameraView
    Dennis Jones -...over 6 years ago

    Good looking dragonfly… Nice capture..

  • Thank you so much Dennis, such a great and kind comment, really appreciate it, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • cdudak
    cdudakover 6 years ago

    Mage what a great macro of this guy, love the coloring and details here.

  • Thnk you so much, I do appreciate your kindness and wonderful comments, might be away for some time, take care, God Bless, maggie xxxxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 6 years ago

    Beautiful detail and capture.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment Woodie, really appreciate it ! take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • goddessteri211
    goddessteri211over 6 years ago

    Mags this a great close up of this dragon fly they are such a magical creature in my eyes but so hard to capture you must of been at the right place at the right time!!! Just Wonderful…TERI~

  • Hi Teri, thank you so much. I have them at my koi pond all the time, geuss I am lucky then! take care xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 6 years ago

    Great shot !!

  • Thank you so much dear Sylv xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture !

  • Thank you so much foer your kind comment Bela xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • jacqi
    jacqiover 6 years ago

    Superb capture mags!

  • Thank you so much dear jacqs xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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