Painted Sprite, Pseudagrion hageni, Blanketselgesie
Painted Sprite, Pseudagrion hageni, Blanketselgesie is small to medium-sized slender,damselfly with an orangered face.and apple green or orange/red thorax marks.
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Key identification features:
Northern form (P. h. tropicanum):
- Face bright orangey red with light orange labrum and black postclypeus. Head dull black from above with bright orange postocular spots linked by an orange bar.
- Eyes deep red above, orange below. Neck black with orange and light green spots.
- Thorax with light green and black stripes, green stripes continuing under first part of abdomen.
- Wings clear. Pterostigmas light to deep reddish brown.
- Abdomen slender, black with bronze sheen. Segments 8 and 9 bright violet above. Segment 10 black with a violet coloured triangle pointing towards the front margin when viewed from above.
- Overall size variable.
Southern form (P. h. hageni)::;
- Thorax orangey red and black striped.
- Pale green/brown and black, brown becoming light blue with age, postocular spots light brownish blue joined by a bar, end of segment 8 and segments 9 and 10 light brownish blue.
- Occurs in shaded to darkish parts of slow flowing streams and rivers, seeps, bogs and lakes with clear water and marginal tall grasses,with clear water and marginal tall grasses,and a tangle of undergrowth
- From 0 to 2000 m above sea level, but mostly below 1600.
- Rests on reed stems or grasses over or near running water
Compared with other species:
- Easily identified by the bright colours and violet abdominal tip (Segments 8 - 9 )
- P. hageni not as bright as P. newtoni.
- P. hageni abdominal segments 8 - 9 violet. P. newtoni. abdominal segments 8 - 9 blue/grey.
- P. newtoni has bright orange and green thorax. P. h. hageni is a red subspecies with ais a red subspecies with a distinctly red thorax. P. h. tropicanum has a greenish thorax
- Southern form (P. h.southern form (P. h.hageni ) occurs occurs in WCp along the coast to the ECP.
- Northern form (P. h. tropicanum) occurs from central ECP northwards to East and West Africa.
Botswana; Burundi; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Republic of South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe