Family Chlorocyphidae

Jewels

Family Chlorocyphidae, 4 Genara, 12 species in Genus Platycypha. only 2 species in Southern Africa.
Genus Chlorocypha Species Chlorocypha consueta. There are historic records for this species in South Africa.

General Information:
  • Jewels are recognised by their piglike snout, short abdomen and bright colours, especially reds and blues.
  • Females of most species are dull.
  • Males have dancing courtship and territorial displays. During these displays they flaunt the colours of their legs.
  • Boulder Jewel, Platycypha fitzsimonsi is endemic to South Africa
  • There are only historic records of Ruby Jewel, Chlorocypha consueta, in South Africa.
General Identification information:
  • Species identifications should be based on mature males only.
  • Immature specimens may have very dull and different colours and cannot reliably be identified.
  • When cold, specimens often appear darker and blotchy.
  • Females must preferably be identifies in conjunction with a male.

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Dancing Jewel
Platycypha caligata
Male Female
100 055 Platycypha calgata Dancing Jewel Mooinooi NWP RSA MCH 2015r 20 100 002 Platycypha caligata Dancing Jewel Buffelspoort NWP RSA Jan 2016r 2 100 001 Dancing jewel Female Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2015 r 1 of 1 102 016 2018 01 31 Ezemvelo klein kop toraks
100 049 Platycypha caligata Dancing Jewel Buffelspoort NP RSA Jan 2016 r 5 of 11 102 017 2018 01 31 Ezemvelo ovipositor klein
100 157 Platycypha caligata Dancing Jewel Buffelspoort NWP RSA Jan 2016r 4 Silhouette 1 2
100 006 Platycypha caligata Dancing Jewel Buffelspoort NP RSA Jan 2016 r 11 of 11 Silhouette 1 2
100 155 Platycypha caligata Dancing Jewel Buffelspoort NWP RSA Jan 2016r 1 Silhouette 1 2
100 156 Platycypha caligata Dancing Jewel Buffelspoort NWP RSA Jan 2016r 3 Silhouette 1 2

Boulder Jewel
Platycypha fitzsimonsi
Male
(Mature)
Female
Mature)
117 043 Platycypha fitzsimonsi Boulder Jewel Silhouette 1 2 103 016 Platycypha fitzsimonsi Boulder Jewel 103 034 Bolder Jewel r 4
Silhouette 1 2 103 035 Bolder Jewel 2
Silhouette 1 2 103 036 Bolder Jewel r 2
Silhouette 1 2 Silhouette 1 2
Silhouette 1 2 Silhouette 1 2
Silhouette 1 2 Silhouette 1 2





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