Makabusi Sprite. Pseudagrion makabusience Makabusigesie
Also known as Green-striped Sprite
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Small sized, slender, blackish, with broadish, green-grey thorax stripes and violet abdominal tip.
Key identification features:
- Face and labrum greyish blue. Anteclypeus greyish blue with indistinct blackish spots. Postclypeus and frons also greyish blue.
- Head black with bronze sheen and angular violet postocular spots viewed from above. Between the postocular spots (but not joining them) is a narrow light green line.
- Eyes dark brown above, lime green below. Neck black with metallic green sheen and green spots.
- Thorax blackish with green bronze sheen, distinct narrow light green shoulder stripes, sides black and pale green but covered with whitish pruinescence below.
- Wings clear.
- Pterostigmas dark brown to black.
- Abdomen slender, black with green metallic sheen, pale green below, fine pale ring present at joint of segments 1 and 2. Last quarter of segment 7 and all of s 8 - 9 dull violet. Segment 10 black, slightly pruinescent.
- Similar markings, pale brown, dark brown and black, with slightly greenish postocular spots.
Compared with other species:
- The violet postocular spots, violet S 7-10 and grey face is diagnostic.
- Pseudagrion inopinatum (Balinsky's Sprite) has purple s 7- 10 when ald and grey when young
Distribution and habitat:
Localised in LP but now recorded on the border of central GP and MP.
Grassy margins of sluggish reaches of rivers and streams with floating detritus or grass. in open landscapes,
but sometimes shaded by gallery forest
From 900 to 1700 m above sea level, but mostly between 1100 and 1500, although possibly down to 100.
- Perches on sheltered grass stems lowdown overwater.
Websites of interest
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Least Concern
African Dragonflies & Damselflies Onlinea
Odonata Atlas of Africa - VMU Number 663480