Danish common name: Lille Kejserguldsmed

A large and rather dull aeshnid. Its drab colouring makes the greenish eyes and blue abdominal saddle particularly striking. Typical individuals can be confused only with A. ephippiger , but occasional ones with a largely blue abdomen can closely resemble A. imperator.


Total:  62-75 mm.
Abdomen:  46-53 mm.
Hindwing:  44-51 mm.


Standing, often larger, waters.

Flight Season

In the Mediterranean from March to November, but northern records mostly from June to August.

Range and Status

Rare in Denmark.

Source: Dijkstra, K-D,Schröter, Asmus. Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe: 2nd edition (Field Guides) (p. 386). Bloomsbury Publishing.