Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)

The Blue Emperor Anax imperator is a large species of hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae, averaging 78 mm in length.

Link to the OdonataMAP record which contains the above photograph (by Corrie du Toit) of a Blue Emperor. The map below shows the distribution of records for Anax imperator in the OdonataMAP database, as at January 2020.

Use this link to embed this map of distribution records in OdonataMAP:

The map below is an imputed map, produced by an interpolation algorithm, which attempts to generate a full distribution map from the partial information in the map above. This map will be improved by the submission of records to the OdonataMAP section of the Virtual MuseumUse this link to embed this imputed distribution map:

The map below shows the imputed distribution which has been adjusted for terrain roughness
Blue Emperor – OdonataMAP record by Christian Fry
Megan Loftie-Eaton
Megan Loftie-Eaton
Megan is our communications, social media and citizen science coordinator. Prior to her work for the BDI, she coordinated OdonataMAP, the Atlas of African Odonata. A citizen science project run by the Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town and funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation. She also coordinated LepiMAP, which is the Atlas on African Lepidoptera. Megan is passionate about biodiversity conservation. She is a firm believer in the power of citizen science and getting the public involved in nature conservation.