Red-veined Dropwing. Rooinerfie.
Links to images and articles
- A Guide to Identification of Dropwings (Trithemis) in General
- A Guide to identify Red Dropwings (Trithemis)
- Link to our image gallery for Orange-winged Dropwing
- Close-up images for identification assistance.
- Male. Female. Young Male
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Key identification features:
- Well defined red veins in wings.
- Bright red abdomen with very diagnostic black markings on the side.
- S 8-10 is black on top.
- Sometime a violet colored sheen is visible on top of the thorax.
- Pterostigmas is deep reddish brown.
- Amber patches in the hindwing.
- Young Male and females ar simmilar in colour.
- Yellowish with black and white stipes .
- Female and immature males have a yellowish-russet abdomen with a pale streak between the wings.
- Abdominal markings similar to that of the male.
Compared with other species:
- Sometime a violet colored sheen is visible on top of the thorax. This must not be confused with the violet colour thorax of T. annulata (Violet Dropwing).
- The abdominal markings of T. annulata differ significantly with less black on the side.
Distribution and habitat:
- Probably the most populated species in the region of Southern Africa.
- Frequents pools, dams, marshes and still and sluggish reaches of rivers.
- Perches conspicuously on emergent twigs or reeds at water's edge, but on hot days will move into the shade of trees.
- Females sometimes found well away from the water.
Links to other articles:
- Link to A Guide to Identification of Dropwings (Trithemis) in General
- Links A Guide to identify Red Dropwings (Trithemis)
- Link to our image gallery for Red-veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa)
- Close-up images of Red-veined Dropwing for identification assistance.
Male. Young Male Teneral male. Female.
- Please click on all images and links to enlarge.