Yellowwings

The common name for the genus is Yellowwings. In the South Africa the species Allocnemis leucosticta is known as Goldtails

Family Platycnemididae Yakobson & Bianchi, 1905 Stream Damsels

Africa

  • Eighteen species are all endemic to Africa

Southern Africa

General:
  • Males are sleek, fairly large (hindwing 20-28 mm) and largely black damselflies with yellow to deep amber wings and bright accents of colour (mainly pale blue or orange), e.g. on abdomen tip.
  • Moving spots of colour often first draw attention in the gloom of their habitat, small streams and springs in deep forest shade.
Habitat
  • All species favour marshy, mostly stagnant, habitats.
General Identification:
  • Males are sleek, fairly large (hindwing 20-28 mm) and largely black damselflies with yellow to deep amber wings and bright accents of colour (mainly pale blue or orange), e.g. on abdomen tip.
  • Moving spots of colour often first draw attention in the gloom of their habitat, small streams and springs in deep forest shade.
Synopsis
  • Where available only males are shown
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100 269 Allocnemis leucosticta Goldtail Male Laduma LP RSA Dec 2018r 8
 
 
 
 
 
Distribution
  • The genus is most diverse in the rainforests of western and central Africa.
Genus Allocnemis Goldtails Genus Distribution Map Africa July 20212021
 
 
 
 
 

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