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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Swaziland's Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Pseudagrion massaicum
      Masai Sprite
   Mlawula

Features: Small, red-headed, vermilion red thorax, with bright blue pruinescent area between wing bases and cobalt blue abdominal tip. Stillwater throughout South Africa.

Distribution: Common throughout much of South Africa, but rarely above 1300 m a.s.l., except in Limpopo. To North Africa.
Body length: 31-35 mm
Hindwing length: 16.5-20.5 mm
Habitat: Well-vegetated ponds, pools and sluggish reaches of rivers, with lilies, reeds and sedges, and an abundance of submerged water weed and floating algal mats.
Behaviour: Perches horizontally close to the water on lilies, grass stems and small twigs, and on floating algal mats, usually away from the margin.
Flight Period: October 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 photos by Kate Braun and A Manson.
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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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