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 Post subject: Re: Dragonflies
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:27 pm 
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Cool! Someone with the proper book... 8)
I'll be posting a few here in the next few weeks, if you have time. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Dragonflies
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Thanx PAPA SMURF!!

Must go and get myself this book - dragonflies fascinate me! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Dragonflies
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PAPA SMURF wrote:
...Info from "a field Guide to Dragonflies of South Africa by Warwick and Michele Tarboton


DESPARATELY looking for a copy of this book - unfortunately as scarce as hen's teeth, and no alternatives available at all...

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 Post subject: Re: Dragonflies
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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

Hope this is some help to those of you looking for a reference book

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 Post subject: Re: Insect: Dragonflies
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A Dragonfly at Tlopi Tented Camp at Marakele. I have no idea what specie this is.

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 Post subject: Re: Insect: Dragonflies
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Hi LK
A very nice photo thanks for sharing it with us
This dragonfly is one of the dropwing family (Trithemis) but to ID it you would have to see if there are any distinctive markings on the body and if not then it is a case of counting certain cells in the wings, an comparing the pterostigma (that dark patch towards the wing tip) to illustration's in the books. IE most often you need it in your hand to do the ID.

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In order to catch dragonflies or in fact any insect a permit from the provinces Nature Concervation is required

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 Post subject: Re: Insect: Dragonflies
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:28 pm 
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Hi

For those of you living in the Pretoria area, Midrand Region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers is hosting an informative talk on Dragonflies and Damselflies. Come and join us for "Tea and a Talk" on 11 August 2012 and then take a walk around the Pretoria Botanical Gardens (the ticket price of R50 includes entrance to the gardens, so make a day of it!).

I still don't know how to post attachments, so here is the info -

Christopher Willis, Chief Director of Conservation Gardens & Tourism at SANBI will enlighten us
about the fascinating lives of DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES. Christopher studied at UCT where he was awarded a BSc (Botany & Zoology) and an MSc (Conservation Biology). He has won numerous awards, published many papers and is a regular contributor to international biological conferences and workshops. He has a deep passion for the environment which he is always willing to share.

Please contact us on midrandhr@gmail.com for more information.


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 Post subject: Re: Insect: Dragonflies
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This is one of the most beautiful Dragonflies I have ever seen -

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 Post subject: Re: Insect: Dragonflies
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[img]http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/01/ypyzy6u5.jpg[/img]

Not sure what they are but caught this shot when I spotted them while driving on the S119 on our last trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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I please need some help in ID and explaining the dragonfly behavior I recently witnessed at Lake Panic.

As I was waiting for the Kingfisher action I noticed two different dragonflies behaving (according to my limited knowledge) very strangely. The blue was was flying around and as soon as it landed on a specific twig the red one would start pestering it, sometimes even landing on top of it. Is this a territorial behavior, different species or a mating ritual?? Comments and assistance will be appreciated.

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While all this happened this purple dragonfly was relaxing in the sun…

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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I know much too little to make any expert comment on these guys.

I had a look through an identification guide. It is very difficult to identify the various species, but let me give it a try anyway.

The blue one is a male. Possibly a Navy Dropwing (But there are many other possibilities!)

The red one is also a male. Possibly a Little Scarlet.

I would suggest that they are probably competing for a nice vantage point. There should be no competition between the species for mating rights.

The third onlooker is a male Violet Dropwing.

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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Hi Imberbe, thank you for the feedback. On my trip report that I just started Pawps from Australia replied (and I checked Dr Google afterwards) that it looks like Two-striped Skimmers (Orthetrum caffrum) and he postulates that it is a male and female in a courting mood :redface:

Trip Report available at this address
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