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Chlorolestes tessellatus
      Forest Malachite
   

Features: Fairly large, slender, dull metallic green, with indistinct straw-coloured thoracic markings, and in Eastern Cape Province and occasionally KwaZulu Natal, with black and white, banded wings. Clear, bushy or forested streams at moderate elevations through most of South Africa lowmontane areas.

Distribution: Western Cape Province (rare), Eastern Cape Province, KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Mpumalanga highveld and Limpopo (Soutpansberg).
Body length: 54 mm
Hindwing length: 30.5-31.5 mm
Habitat: Small, clear streams with pools in forests (mostly 400-1200 m a.s.l., although occasionally sea level).
Behaviour: Highly camouflaged when it is clear-winged, but very conspicuous in its banded form, and highly territorial. Hangs from twigs or stems under bushes or trees, becoming more conspicuous when it moves into a sunfleck.
Flight Period: November to May
Information extracted from "Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa" by Michael J Samways, which also includes detailed descriptions of each species.
Comments: Possible occurrence based on distribution maps in Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa. 2008. Michael J. Samways.
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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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