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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Swaziland's Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Nesciothemis farinosa
      Black-Tailed Skimmer
   Mantenga Mlawula

Features: Medium-sized to fairly large, fairly robust, strikingly blackheaded, very pale powdery bluish-grey with a black tail. Pools and quiet reaches of rivers in much of South Africa.

Distribution: Throughout much of South Africa, but more common in warm areas and local on highveld. Up to 1200 m a.s.l. in KwaZulu Natal. To Egypt and southern Arabia.
Body length: 40-46 mm
Hindwing length: 30.5-35 mm
Habitat: Pools, pans and particu larly sluggish reaches of rivers with an abundance of tall grass and reeds.
Behaviour: Very conspicuous as it perches on reeds and makes short sorties and returns to its perch.
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 photo by Kate Braun and G Diedericks, and 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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