100 1412 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Sabie Nov 2016 2016r 5 100 515 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Alicedale Mch 2016 3 Custom 107 526 Orange Emperor Female Port Elizabeth EC RSA Jan 2018 1

Orange Emperor.     Oranjekeiser

More Images

Images Male Young Male
107 526 Orange Emperor Female Port Elizabeth EC RSA Jan 2018 1 100 1836 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 2 107 527 Orange Emperor Female Port Elizabeth EC RSA Jan 2018 2
Click to enlarge or see more
Short description:

Orange Emperor, Anax speratus, is very large, uniformly orange-red in colour. Unmistakable to identify in flight and when resting.

Key identification features:

Male: 107 526 Orange Emperor Female Port Elizabeth EC RSA Jan 2018 1

  • Very large uniformly orange-red. 100 1836 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 2
  • Face yellow with no markings on dorsal surface of frons 100 1841 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male MP RSA Nov 2016r 17  100 1842 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 17
  • Thorax orange with darker markins along the carina. Young males may have a bright green thorax  100 1837 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 7  100 1838 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 8
  • Wings clear becoming smokey with age. Pterostigmas orange 100 2300 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 30
  • Abdomen and appendages all orange100 1844 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 23  100 2299 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 29
  • Young individuals have white spots at the base of each wing.100 1843 Anax speratus Orange Emperor Male Close up MP RSA Sep 2018r 20

Female: 107 526 Orange Emperor Female Port Elizabeth EC RSA Jan 2018 1

  • More stout than male
  • Females and immature males have an apple green thorax and abdominal segments 1 - 2
  • Young individuals have white spots at the base of each wing.
Compared with other species:
  • Unmistakable due to the orange-red colour
Distribution and habitat:
  • Found in most areas of South Africa
  • Common in the higher rainfall northern, eastern and southern parts of South Africa.
  • Bush- or reed-lined perennial streams and small rivers with moderate current, occasionally pools..
Behaviour:
  • Hawks at speed along streams and small rivers in fynbos, grassland, bushy or forested areas, close to the water surface.Sometimes visits pools.
  • Often seen ovipositing in vegetation just below surface at stream's edge.
Further reading and other interesting information:
http://vmus.adu.org.za/vm_map_afr.php?&database=odonata&grid=2&outline=1&key=0&map=4&spp=664170
Books:
A Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa .  p 112
Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa ... p 118
The Dragonflies and Damselflies Of Eastern Africa ... p 92
Dragonfly Biotic Index ... p 109

Websites of interest:

Warwick
Tarboton

A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 664170
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online
The IUCR Red list of threatened Species
Other Information:
Size Comparison Diagram: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Morphology of a Dragonfly
and Damselfly
Map of South Africa

L

X

Right Click

Copyrighted material - contact us if you want to buy a photo