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Re: Insect: Dragonflies

Unread post by PAPA SMURF » Sat May 05, 2012 11:05 pm

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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Re: Insect: Dragonflies

Unread post by naomi c » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:00 pm

This is one of the most beautiful Dragonflies I have ever seen -

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Tobieo » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:52 pm

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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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Imberbe » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:56 pm

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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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Tobieo » Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:23 pm

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:

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by naomi c » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:34 pm

Need help with the ID of these three Damselflies please. :)

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by hilda » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:39 pm

I'll give it a try Naomi c:

No. 1 = Common Pond Damsel (Ceriagron glabrum)
No. 2 = Painted Sprite (Pseudragion hageni)
No. 3 = Same as No. 2, just from another angle.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Toko » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:42 pm

:yaya: naomi

3rd one is a Masai Sprite Pseudagrion massaicum :thumbs_up:

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by arks » Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:23 pm

Can anyone help with an ID of this dragonfly? Seen at Matabeni hide in KNP in early November 2014.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by PAPA SMURF » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:21 pm

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Most female of the dragonfly family are this brown/orange colour so they are very hard to ID just like this. Some do have distinguishing marking to help like this one seems to have a bi-coloured "pterostigma"
( the dark spot in the wing) but that is common in a few species. Other than getting this dragonfly into the hand and studying the cell patens in the wing I would not hazard a guess as to the Species
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Garyd73 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:36 pm

I got pics of these two at Skukuza Gold Club at end of September 2014 and have been trying to identify them if anyone has any ideas please ?

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by hilda » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:42 am

I'm no insect expert Garyd73, but, according to my Field Guide to Insects of South Africa by Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving, I would say the first picture is of a "Wandering Glider" (Pantala flavescens). They are common in most waterbodies in all parts of Africa. Extremely widespread. Range extends to Asia and the Americas and Australia.

Your second picture is of a "Banded Groundling" Brachythemis leucosticta. Locally common on mud or on bare ground beneath very large shady trees in the warmer parts of the region. Also bound in equatorial Africa.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Toko » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:56 am

Garyd73, the first one is a Banded groundling female Brachythemis leucosticta

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dragonfly IDs needed

Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:30 pm

Can anyone help with ID for these two dragonflies? Seen at Silvermine Reservoir (TMNP) on Boxing Day 2015.

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Re: dragonfly IDs needed

Unread post by PAPA SMURF » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:04 pm

Hi arks
Both are "Red -veined Dropwing's (Trithemis arteriosa).
The top photo is the male and the second a female
Hope this helps
A common Dragonfly found throughout South Africa
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