There is 1 genera and 4 species in the southern African region.
General appearance:

  • Colourful and easily identified by colour only.
  • Females differ from males abdomen colour and pattern and thorax colour (Orange Emperor).

The following steps are recommended as an aid to identifying this family.

  • Colour.
      Overall colour.
  • Appendages (between male and female within the species)

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 Blue Emperor Anax imperator  Black Emperor Anax tristis
117 507 Anax imperator Blue Emperor 119 046 I5A3196
 Vagrant Emperor Anax Epphippiger  Orange Emperor Anax speratus
119 535 Vagrant emperor male I5A8166 100 1412 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Sabie Nov 2016 2016r 5

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