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About Dragonflies

monard's_dropwing_Trithemis_monardi

Distinguished from Neuroptera family by having thin, short antennae; their wings are held in a roof like manner whereas dragonflies hold their wings horizontally, much like an aeroplane, and damselflies hold their wings vertically above their body. Odonata use their legs like a basket to capture prey and capture prey in flight and hunt over water. The Mating method is …

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About Insects

broad_scarlet_dragonfly_Crocothemis_erythraea

Insects Insects have the following features Bodies are divided into three distinct parts: the head, thorax and abdomen. Three pairs of legs wings and one pair of antennae on the head. Their mouth-parts are external and compound eyes (usually with simple eyes as well). Success of insects: The majority of them can fly and escape danger. Large numbers of eggs …

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Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly – Hemianax Epphippiger

vagrant emperor dragonfly Anax_epphippiger Kwapa Guide Training Camp Okavango Botswana

D One of Africa’s largest and most dramatic dragonflies. This is a fast flying dragonfly that preys on small to medium sized flying insects, often taking other dragonflies. The mature male is easily identified by it’s bright blue saddle. Their distribution stretches from southern Asia through the Middle East and the drier savannah areas of Africa.

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Skimmer Dragonfly – Orthetrum Sp

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These medium to large fast flying dragonflies are prodigious predators of other smaller dragonflies. They are almost impossible to identify to species level unless you have them in the hand and look at the reproductive organs under a magnifying glass and refer to the key. In birding LBJ’s refers to the impossible Little Brown Jobs and in dragonflies these are …

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Pied Spot Dragonfly – Hemistigma Albipunctum

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This medium to small dragonfly gets the name Hemistigma from hemi- half and stigma- tatoo referring to the half inked pterostigma (the coloured spot in the wing). Albipuncta refers to albi- half and puncta- spot. They favour well vegetated wetlands and swampy environments.

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Phantom Flutterer Dragonfly – Rhyothemis Semihyalina

phantom_flutterer_dragonfly_Rhyothemis_semihyalina

This medium size, slow flying dragonfly has a very distinct wing pattern. The species name semihyalina comes from semi- half hyalina- transparent. They are common in summer time and often seen well away from water.

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Monard’s Dropwing – Trithemis Monardi

monard's_dropwing_Trithemis_monardi

Mondard’s dropwing is a small to medium/small dragonfly common in the Okavango. It is very similar to the red-veined dropwing however the amber area at the base of the wing extends beyond the discoidal cell (prominent triangular cell in the wing). Prefers habitats of running water with reeds.

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Darting Cruiser Dragonfly – Phyllomacromia Picta

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This large fast flying dragonfly has metalic green eyes and the body is a combination of dark and yellow banding. The thorax has 3 yellow bands that help to distinguish it from similar species. They may perch but often hang from a branch. Wide-spread and often far from water but prefers to breed in large bodies of still water.

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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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