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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Swaziland's Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Orthetrum caffrum
      Two-Striped Skimmer
   Malolotja Mlawula

Features: Medium-sized, pale blue, with brownish thorax, with two, pale side stripes, and a distinctive cream line between wings. Pools and still parts of streams, mostly in montane areas.

Distribution: Throughout most of montane South Africa, above 700 m a.s.l. in KwaZulu Natal although almost to sea level in SW of Western Cape Province. To Central Africa, and Madagascar.
Body length: 40-41 mm
Hindwing length: 28.5-29.5 mm
Habitat: Montane pools, still reaches of streams and marshes.
Behaviour: Perches on sticks or reeds over water, darting out to feed, defend territory or court, returning to perch.
Flight Period: October to March
Information extracted from "Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa" by Michael J Samways, which also includes detailed descriptions of each species.
Comments: Occurrence in Swaziland confirmed by photo by Kate Braun and SA damselflies and dragonflies checklist, compiled by Tanza Crouch and Tessa Hedge, Department of Entomology & Arachnology, Durban Natural Science Museum.
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The Swaziland distribution maps show photographic records from Kate Braun.

 
 

Odonata, Zygoptera

Damselflies

  Calopterygidae Demoiselles
  Chlorocyphidae Jewels
  Synlestidae Malachites
  Lestidae Spreadwings
  Platycnemididae Stream-damsels
  Protoneuridae Threadtails
  Coenagrionidae Sprites
 
 

Odonata, Anisoptera

Dragonflies

  Aeshnidae Hawkers
  Gomphidae Clubtails
  Corduliidae Cruisers, Emeralds
  Libellulidae Skimmers, Dropwings



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