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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby RosemaryH » Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:00 pm

Found this (I am assuming,) insect in the dam this afternoon. Was in the water and it's 6,5cm in length. Any ideas what it may be?
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:28 pm

I think it is a dragonfly nymph....has underslung jaws that shoot out to catch prey....

But I'm only guessing here....
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:11 pm

:thumbs_up: Correct!

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Bahamut » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:37 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Does anyone know if Dragon and Damselflies can be I'Ded by the nymphs alone??! :hmz:

Something to do with the placement of the eyes if I remember correctly, should hold true for the nymph stage I think. Will have a look later if no one else knows off hand :hmz:

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:27 pm

Hi Bahamut :D Not between the families, But between the species themselves.....Apologies, If that is what you meant :redface:

I know Placement of the eyes, the way the wings are held etc Is used post nymph stage, and eyes during nymph stage :D

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Pilane » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:47 pm

Not a nymph but a NAIAD :wink:

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Pilane » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:39 pm

Yip, That is what the nymphs of damselflies and Dragong flies are called :wink:

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:48 pm

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Re: Dragonflies mating in mid-air

Unread postby Pjw » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:54 pm

WOW :shock: Great photo and great sighting
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon May 11, 2009 8:08 am

DuQues wrote:Seen at Lake Panic:
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DQ this is a Violet Dropwing (very descriptive if you look at it's colour :wink: )
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Re: Dragonflies

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:46 am

Here two of my dragonfly pics taken on Dec. 24 in KNP:

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Re: Dragonflies

Unread postby noel » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:49 pm

Stunning Photos Erland and Crested Barbet. Lake Panic is the place to photograph these ever busy-bodies. Here are a few of mine from there.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Baffers » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:12 am

Hi Tshewene

would you know if this is a very commonly found species.

I took this pic
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at Lake Panic (Skukuza). I think it is the same species.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Tshwene » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:39 pm

hi Buffers, i am not an expert, just a bush lover with every book you can imagine. your pic could be a dropwing which is one of the most common dragonflies. there are more than ten species, varies from red, yellow, dull orange. males could be dull blue to violet. the small scarlet is also very common through summer.
red basker has characteristic red patch at base of hind wings, look very orange and is a pest around the pool when the kids try to swim. flight patterns differ

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Re: Dragonflies

Unread postby PAPA SMURF » Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:08 am

To those of you who are interested Warwick Tarboton has "A Quick Guide to SA Dragonflies" which i use in the field and find it quite adequate although i must stress i am capturing and doing a dragonfly study, so have the 'flies in my hand.
Details and other info can be obtained from
www.warwicktarboton.co.za/Df%20Guide

Another book on Dragon and Damselflies is "Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa" by Michael J. Samways. ISBN 978-954-642-330-6. Published by Pensolft Publishers, Bulgaria
I found it a bit pricy in SA but purchased it while in Europe at a better price
A googal view of this book can be seen on
http://books.google.co.za/books?id=mQH9 ... &q&f=false

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