Anax parthenope – Lesser Emperor

Anax parthenope (Lesser Emperor) is larger than Anax ephippiger (Vagrant Emperor) but smaller than Anax imperator (Blue Emperor). The blue marking on the first segments of the abdomen resembles that of males Vagrant Emperor but the darker abdomen and green eyes are diagnostic. Like Vagrant Emperor it’s a highly nomadic species that profits from climate change by expanding its range to the north.
It’s a rather common species in southern Europe and northern Africa and the range spans east to Japan.