Demoiselle Africa

Family Calopterygidae Selys, 1850

Distribution in Africa and surrounding Islands

  • Endemic to tropical Africa, with two species, and a third in Madagascar
Habitat in tropical Africa
  • Prefers forested streams and rivers with some cover but may also be found in open rivers and seasonal streams.
General identification features
  • Large (hindwing 34-40 mm) and metallic green, marked with pale brown.
  • They are named for their iridescent forewings that ‘flash’ on every beat, appearing more green. blue or violet depending on the species
Synopsis
  • Where possible only males are show
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Images
Distribution

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Credit
  • Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014

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