117 043 Platycypha fitzsimonsi Boulder Jewel 117 597 Platycypha fitzsimonsi Boulder Jewel 108 021 Platycypha fitzsimonsi Boulder Jewel Immature Male Kogelberg Western Cape 19 10 2016

Boulder Jewel.     Klipjuweeltjie.     Flag of South Africa.svg

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Short description:

Boulder Jewel, Platycypha fitzsimonsiGenus PlatycyphaFamily Chlorocyphidae is small sized, stocky short abdomen and brightly coloured.

Key identification features:
  • Black face and eyes.
  • Smokey wings at base with black pterostigmas.
  • Males with deep reddish striped thorax, red abdomen with blue tip. Red and white legs.
  • Females yellowish brown striped thorax and abdomen.
Compared with other species:
  • Unmistakable coloring in the Southern Cape but similar to Platycypha caligata (Dancing Jewel) along the Eastern coast.
  • P. caligata has an all blue abdomen. P. fitzsimonsi red & blue.
Distribution and habitat:
  • Flag of South Africa.svg Endemic to South Africa.
  • Favours rocky streams and rivers of the Southern Cape and East coast with tall grasses on their banks.
  • A few records exist from Mpumalang
Behaviour:
  • Usually rests on exposed boulders.
  • Short flights from vegetation to rocks.
Further reading:
Distribution Map
Distribution Map
Books:
A Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa .  p 28
Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa ... p 49
Dragonfly Biotic Index ... p 41

Websites of interest:

Warwick Tarboton
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa

Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 661210
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online
The IUCR Red list of threatened Species
Other Information:
Size Comparison Diagram: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Morphology of a Dragonfly
Sketch 1 and Sketch 2 and Damselfly
Map of South Africa
 
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