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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Swaziland's Dragonflies and Damselflies

Data sources:

Photos to illustrate the checklist provided by Christopher K Willis, G Diedericks, J H Wilkinson, A Manson, Peter Webb, Felicity Grundlingh and Kate Braun, Virtual Museum - Odonata of southern Africa.
Names as per South African Dragonflies (W. Tarboton), February 2013.

UPDATED CHECKLIST: An Adobe pdf version of the checklist as at June 2014 is available here (click to view/download - approx 9 MB).

For detailed information on each species, click on the species name.

 
Libellulidae

Skimmers, Dropwings
  Acisoma inflatum
   Stout Pintail
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Brachythemis lacustris
   Red Groundling
  Brachythemis leucosticta
   Banded Groundling
Mlawula
  Bradinopyga cornuta
   Horned Rock-dweller/Don-Dwala
Mlawula
  Crocothemis erythraea
   Broad Scarlet
Mlawula
  Crocothemis sanguinolenta
   Little Scarlet
Malolotja Mlawula
  Diplacodes lefebvrii
   Black Percher
  Nesciothemis farinosa
   Black-Tailed Skimmer
Mantenga Mlawula
  Notiothemis jonesi
   Forest Watcher
Mantenga
  Orthetrum abbotti
   Abbott's Skimmer
Mantenga
  Orthetrum caffrum
   Two-Striped Skimmer
Malolotja Mlawula
  Orthetrum chrysostigma
   Epaulet Skimmer
Mlawula
  Orthetrum hintzi
   Hintz's Skimmer
Malolotja
  Orthetrum icteromelas
   Spectacled Skimmer
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Orthetrum julia falsum
   Julia Skimmer
Mantenga
  Orthetrum machadoi
   Machado's Skimmer
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Orthetrum stemmale
   Strong Skimmer
Mlawula
  Orthetrum trinacria
   Long Skimmer
  Palpopleura deceptor
   Deceptive Widow
  Palpopleura jucunda
   Yellow-Veined Widow
Malolotja Mantenga
  Palpopleura lucia
   Lucia Widow
Mlawula
  Palpopleura portia
   Portia Widow
Mlawula
  Pantala flavescens
   Pantala
Mlawula
  Rhyothemis semihyalina
   Phantom Flutterer
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Sympetrum fonscolombii
   Nomad
Malolotja
  Tetrathemis polleni
   Black-splash
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Tramea basilaris
   Keyhole Glider
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Tramea limbata
   Ferruginous Glider
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Trithemis annulata
   Violet Dropwing
Mlawula
  Trithemis arteriosa
   Red-veined Dropwing
Mantenga Mlawula
  Trithemis donaldsoni
   Donaldson's Dropwing
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Trithemis dorsalis
   Dorsal Dropwing
Malolotja
  Trithemis furva
   Navy Dropwing
Malolotja Mantenga
  Trithemis kirbyi
   Kirby's Dropwing
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula
  Trithemis pluvialis
   River Dropwing
Malolotja Mlawula
  Trithemis stictica
   Jaunty Dropwing
  Zygonoides fuelleborni
   Fulleborn's Riverking
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Zygonyx natalensis
   Blue Cascader
Possibly occurring in Swaziland
  Zygonyx torridus
   Ringed Cascader

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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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