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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Swaziland's Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Mesocnemis singularis
      Riverjack
   Mlawula

Features: Fairly robust, heavily pruinescent pale blue, almost whitish, with short, brownish black pterostigmas. Perches mostly on reeds or grasses over swift reaches of savanna rivers.

Distribution: Localised in hot areas with wide, fast, shallow, rocky streams. Northern Cape Province, North West Province, Limpopo, northern KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga lowveld. To East and West Africa.
Body length: 41-42 mm
Hindwing length: 26.5-27.5 mm
Habitat: Fast-moving, shallow streams or rivers in savanna or semiarid areas. May be confined to pools when water level drops.
Behaviour: Perches on reeds, sedges or grasses over flowing water, or on rocks in a glide. Female usually in association with male.
Flight Period: December to May
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
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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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