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Blue Emperor - Anax imperator

Blue Emperor  - Anax imperator
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-31 23:59
Viewed: 4849
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue Emperor (male)


anax empereur (Fr)
Anax imperator (Lat)
Large and powerful, averaging 78 mm in length.
Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax.
Females have a green thorax and abdomen.
Local status : least concern.
Some sources quote the blue emperor as the largest insect in europe. Others quote Saga pedo (Matriarchal Katydid (EN), magicienne dentelee(FR)) or Lucanus cervus (Stag beetle (EN), cerf volant (FR)). It probably depends on the definition of largest (bulkiest, heaviest, longest, wingspan). The 3 of them occured in France.
The largest insect ever in the world was Meganeura monyi (fossil) with a wingspan of 2.5 ft (76 cm)


The blue emperor is not the easiest dragonfly to shoot: it rests seldom and if it does it usually perchs very high.
I was lucky. This one was resting and perching only 1m from the ground. I start walking in slow motion from a 7m distance and could come as close as the minimal distance allowed by my camera: 3 cm, close-up of the head.
I liked the scene for the background: berries and leaves.
Posted the way it was: hanging and the tail pointing to the ground.


ISO 64
14/8/2008 2:07PM

Thanks for looking.

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This is great Jean-Marie,
A very detailed macro with good colour in those compound eyes.
Very nice work.
(I see you are an in-line skater.Me too!)

Hi JeanMarie, an amazing macro with great details.
TFS and Cheers,


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