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Lesser Emperor, Anax parthenope

The lesser emperor (Anax parthenope) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Africa, Asia, and southern areas of Europe. Its range includes most of the islands in the Mediterranean, China, Japan, the Canary Islands, and Great Britain, where its population numbers are increasing. It prefers to reside near calm bodies of water including ponds and lakes.

The lesser emperor is large and is mostly brown in color, with blue coloring along its upper abdomen and green eyes. In its southern range, this species can first be seen in March, although it is more common to see it between the months of June and September. After breeding, males will remain with females while their eggs are laid in mud or aquatic plants. After hatching, the larvae of this species can take up to two years to fully develop.

Image Caption: Anax parthenope. Credit: Tomomarusan/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope


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