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Broad Scarlet Dragonfly – Crocothemis Erythraea

broad_scarlet_dragonfly_Crocothemis_erythraea

A very common, striking and widespread dragonfly occurring throughout Africa into Europe and into Asia. It can be seen year round but far more abundant in summer. They are swift breeders and may produce several generations of offspring in a single season.

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Blue Basker Dragonfly – Urothemis Edwardsii – Male and Female

blue basker dragonfly Urothemis edwardsii male and female Kwapa Guide Training Camp Okavango Botswana

The blue body and basal wing-spot of this medium sized dragonfly are diagnostic. It is very common and spends much of it’s day perched on a twig, basking in the sun- hence the name. As with most of the libilulidae family of dragonflies the female is less colourful.

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Blue Basker Dragonfly – Urothemis Edwardsii

blue basker dragonfly Urothemis edwardsii Kwapa Guide Training Camp Okavango Botswana

The blue body and basal wing-spot of this medium sized dragonfly are diagnostic. It is very common and spends much of it’s day perched on a twig, basking in the sun- hence the name. As with most of the libilulidae family of dragonflies the female is less colourful.

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Black-winged Flutterer Dragonfly – Rhyothemis Fenestrina

black-winged flutterer dragonfly Rhyothemis fenestrina Kwapa Guide Training Camp Okavango Botswana

This small and very distinctive dragonfly is most common around larger areas of static or slow moving water. In summer they may be seen in large swarms around the tops of riverine trees feeding on emergences of various insects. The almost entirely black wing makes this dragonfly unmistakeable in the Okavango.

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Two Banded Cruiser Dragonfly – Phyllomacromia contumax

two banded cruiser dragonfly Phyllomacromia contumax Kwapa Guide Training Camp Okavango Botswana

This large fast flying dragonfly is slightly larger than the darting cruiser and lacks the yellow stripes on the thorax. The abdomen is banded with pale-yellow and dark stripes. Prefers running water to breed.

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Old World Twister Dragonfly Thollymis tillarga

thollymis tillarga dragonfly (no common name) Kwapa Guide Training Camp Okavango

A medium sized dragonfly with unique cloudy wing patches. They tend to be active around water at dusk and dawn. It is wide spread in the tropics around the world including, Australia and Asia. Although they are permanently present in the tropics they expand their range with short-medium range migration into sub-tropical areas in the wet season.

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Swamp Emperor Dragonfly – Anax bangweuluensis

swamp emperor dragonfly Anax bangweuluensis central Okavango Botswana

The only large brick-red coloured dragonfly in northern Botswana. It is found in the papyrus beds of extending from the pan-handle to the central Okavango. It is found only in the Okavango and Bangweulu Swamps. Extremely fast and powerful flier.

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St Lucia Widow Dragonfly – Palpopleura lucida

St Lucia widow dragonfly Palpopleura lucida Kwapa Guide Training Camp Okavango Botswana

This small, pretty dragonfly is very similar to the Shadow-bridge Widow and females of the species are indistinguishable in the field. The male lacks the blue pruinosity on the back of the abdomen where it is replaced with black. Uncommon and relatively slow flying. Found along floodplains such as the Khwai River west of North Gate  

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Spectacled Skimmer Dragonfly – Orthetrum Icteromelas

spectacled skimmer dragonfly Orthetrum icteromelas Kwapa Guide Training Camp Okavango

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