By Michael J. Samways
Dragonflies are a gorgeous, very important and conspicuous component to freshwater, no matter if nonetheless or flowing. also they are vital signs of freshwater caliber and , that's major for present and destiny conservation projects in South Africa. The country's dragonflies are really attention-grabbing as many are unique or endemic to the world, making it part of the realm of significant conservation value. unfortunately besides the fact that, lots of those endemic species are hugely threatened, specifically through invasive alien timber which colour out their habitat. This booklet is ready this fascinating dragonfly fauna. along with aiming at expanding information of those stunning and delicate bugs, it permits their id, utilizing a number of methods, from easy flick-through to using accomplished id keys.Each species is usually given a Dragonfly Biotic Index, masking a spectrum from the most typical, frequent and tolerant species via to the main threatened, infrequent and delicate ones.Michael Samways is Professor and Chair of the dept of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch college. he's a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and a Fellow of the college of KwaZulu-Natal. He has released 260 clinical papers and written numerous books on insect biology and conservation, the latest of that is Insect variety Conservation, Cambridge collage Press. He has received a number of awards, and within the final years, those comprise the Stellenbosch college Rector's Award for learn Excellence, the loo Herschel Medal from the Royal Society of South Africa, and the Senior Captain Scott Medal from the South African Academy for technology and artwork. Michael is on a number of foreign editorial forums and concerned with a variety of overseas committees dedicated to invertebrate conservation. certainly, his examine crew is devoted to the conservation of invertebrates and different biodiversity, which so enhance our planet.
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Dragonfly Biotic Index 0 2 5 3 6 7 8 9 Dull metallic green thorax with indistinct yellow stripes Similar species In ECP, this banded-wing species occurs in forest, unlike, also banded, Chlorolestes fasciatus which is an open stream species. C. umbratus, also banded, is much smaller. C. tessellatus is very similar to the larger C. elegans, but does not have the abdominal rings of that species. The most characteristic feature is the pincer-like inferior appendages and terminally notched superior appendages.
Appears at temporary pools in hot areas, and sometimes migrates to mountains. 115 - Slender, dark brown with blue eyes, narrow blue saddle, and blue and green abdominal spots. Wings smoky. Dusk flier in hot areas. 121 - Slender, dark brown with bright green eyes, olive face and dull blue spotted saddle. Wings smoky. Dusk flier in hot humid coastal areas. 6) Little Duskhawker (G. 120 - Slender, mottled brownish with brown eyes and face, and light blue indented saddle. Wings smoky. Dusk flier in hot, humid areas.
L. l. in Southern Drakensberg). WCP (rare), ECP, FSP, KZNP, Lesotho, MP and LP. An isolated population in the Mountain Zebra National Park. Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Flight period: Dec-May, with occasional overwintering individuals. Habitat: Streams and small rivers with pools and abundance of tall grass, reeds and small bushes over the water. In the north, occasionally in forested areas. Behaviour: Mostly at rest, wings outstretched on vegetation over water. Banded winged males vigorously territorial, actively chasing unbanded males away.