Orange Emperor, Anax speratus

The orange emperor (Anax speratus) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in many areas including Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, and Uganda. It prefers to reside near rivers and freshwater springs that are bordered by reeds and rushes. Males of this species are known to guard territories. It is threatened by habitat loss due to water pollution and its population numbers are unknown, but it is not thought to be endangered. Research is needed about the habitats and ecology of this species before conservation efforts can be considered. The orange emperor appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.â€

Image Caption: Orange Emperor tandem pair at Nagle Dam and Game Reserve. Credit: Alandmanson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)