Lesser Emperor

Anax parthenope


Over all length 62 to 75mm. The eyes are green, the thorax brown and the abdomen has a broad blue ring at the base. The rest of the abdomen is dull brownish, marked with black lines. The female abdomen can sometimes have more blue on it.


Ponds and lakes. Normally seen flying fast after other odonata species.

Status and distribution

A rare vagrant to Britain. It was first recorded in 1996. It is gradually extending its range northwards from Europe and can now be a fairly regular sight in Nottinghamshire. There are about five records for Netherfield Lagoons, including an ovipositing pair.

Best time to see

June to September.