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.
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.