There is 1 genus (Tramea) and 2 species in Africa.

Tramea basilaris: Keyhole glider.
Tramea limbata.
Ferruginous glider

General information:
  • Both species are large (hindwing 38-43 mm) brown to red dragonflies
  • Often swarming together with the P. flavescens, Pantala (Wondering Glider, Globe Skimmer) 
  • Tramea and P. flavescens follows rains and breeding in seasonal pools and marshes
  • Tend to glide and hover, resting pendulantly in sheltered places. However, Tramea also often perch in the ‘pennant’ position at the end of high or exposed stakes, with wings raised and abdomen either also slightly up or pressed down
  • Potentially found anywhere in Africa

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Ferruginous Glider, Tramea limbata
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100 1142 Trame limbata Ferruginous Glider Hluhluwe KZN RSA Mch 2017r 2 Silhouette 1 2 117 573 Tramea limbata Ferruginous Glider Silhouette 1 2
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Keyhole Glider, Tramea limbata
Male  Female
100 1667 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Male Loskopdam MP RSA Nov 2017r 2 100 1671 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Male Close up RNR GP RSA Dec 2017r 1 101 531 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Female Tshipise RSA December 2015 100 891 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Kgomo kgomo LP RSA JNov 2015r 1
100 1672 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Male Close up RNR GP RSA Dec 2017r 3 100 2030 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Kgomo kgomo LP RSA JNov 2015r 7
100 1675 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Male Close up RNR GP RSA Dec 2017r 11 100 2031 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Kgomo kgomo LP RSA JNov 2015r 11
100 1679 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Male Close up RNR GP RSA Dec 2017r 17 100 2033 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Kgomo kgomo LP RSA JNov 2015r 20
100 1681 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Male Close up RNR GP RSA Dec 2017r 25 100 2035 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Kgomo kgomo LP RSA JNov 2015r 26
100 1682 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Male Close up RNR GP RSA Dec 2017r 30 100 2036 Tramea basilaris Keyhole Glider Kgomo kgomo LP RSA JNov 2015r 23

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