Glistening Demoiselle. Glinsterjuffertjie
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Glistening Demoiselle, Phaon iridipennis, Genus Phaon, Family Calopterygidae, very large, ground-living, metallic, greenish brown, with large, rounded, glistening wings made up of dense and delicate netlike veins At rest sitting with wings held at a 35° angle.
Key identification features:
- The largest damselfly in South Africa
- Face is buff colour, with green and brown.
- Eyes are dark green brown above, with lower part light green.
- Thorax is buff colour, brown with metallic green and buff coloured stripes.
- Wings are very large, rounded and glistening, becoming smoky with age.
- Pterostigmas light brown that turns dark with age. Abdomen metallic green with brownish rings at the segmental joints.
- Very similar to males, but less metallic.
Similarities with other species:
- Unmistakable due to size, habitat and the way the wings are held when sitting.
Distribution and habitat:
- Warmer eastern and northern parts of South Africa.
- Like bushy undergrowth, on or close to the ground. Sometime seen at the edge of forest clearings.
- Near fast flowing streams
- Seldom flies. Normally sit on twigs in the horizontal position.