Sapphire Bluet, Africallagma sapphirinum, Saffierbloutjie.    Flag of South Africa.svg

100 007 Africallagma sapphirinum Sapphire Bluet Pair Kloofzight Nov 2015 r
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101 026 Africallagma sapphirinum Sapphire Bluet Pair Bethel MP December 2012r
Family Coenagrionidae Kirby, 1890
Short Description:

Sapphire Bluet, Africallagma sapphirinum, Saffierbloutjie is small sized, sapphire blue with black rings on abdomen segments 3 to segment 5.

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Key identification features:


  • Face is sapphire blue and black. The labrum is light blue and the postclypeus black. Top of the head is black. Postocular spots are sapphire blue and linked with a thin blue line.
  • Eyes are bright blue with black cap.
  • Synthorax is blue. Middorsal stripes of the synthorax are shiny black with blue antihumeral stripes and thin black humeral stripes on either side. Sides of the synthorax are blue.
  • Wings are clear and the pterostigmas are dark grey to black with pale border.
  • Abdomen is deep sapphire blue and black. Segments one to five are mainly sapphire-blue with a discontinuous black dorsal stripe. The dorsal stripe forms distinct ring-shaped black markings in S3 - S5. The S6, S7 and S10 are mostly black. S 8 and S9 are sapphire blue


  • Dull blue with thin black humeral stripes. Blue postocular spots. Abdomen light brown below with similarly dorsal markings as the male.
  • Its natural habitat is standing waters, pools, dams and still parts of streams and rivers with floating and semi-submerged aquatic vegetation.
  • From 900 to 2100 m above sea level, but possibly up to 2700.
  • Perch close to the water on plant stems and flies just above the water surface.
Compared with other species:
  • Africallagma sapphirinum has distinctive bright sapphire blue colour.
  • Distinctive black rings on S3-5 of the abdomen. A. sapphirinum has dark grey to black pterostigmas and normal wingtips and the Proischnura rotundipennis has round blue and black pterostigmas and round wingtips.
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South Africa

  • It is endemic to South Africa.  Flag of South Africa.svg
  • Found in the grassland highveld of central South Africa.
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