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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Swaziland's Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Pseudagrion salisburyense
      Salisbury Sprite
   

Features: Small to medium-sized, all dark, slate blue, with greenish blue labrum, and two, round bright blue postocular spots and abdomen with bluish tip that later turns whitish. Reedfringed sluggish streams and rivers, and occasionally pools. Very common across much of South Africa.

Distribution: Very common throughout much of South Africa 200-1600 m a.s.l., although scarce in Western Cape Province. To Kenya.
Body length: 35-38 mm
Hindwing length: 20.5-21 mm
Habitat: Mostly sluggish or still reaches of streams and rivers with an abundance of reeds, grasses and herbs. Common at reservoirs. Occasionally faster water, and also pools and water holes.
Behaviour: Inactive, resting mostly along reed blades overhanging water. Mating pairs common.
Flight Period: Can fly all year, but scarce Jul-Aug.
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 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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