Smoky Spreadwing. Rookspanvlerkie.
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Fairly large, slender, dull metallic green, striped, and with distinctly smoky wings. The only metallic green spread wing,
Key identification features:
- Thorax slender, multi-coloured , metallic green, yellowish brown and dark brown with a buff stripe on the side of the thorax.
- Eyes blue (diagnostic)A
- Wings dark smoky wings. Short pterostigmas are distinctly swollen with a buff center and a dark rim.
- Abdomen is above dark metallic green with partial yellowish rings on S 2-7. Only S 9 pruinescent. S 10 and superior appendages blackish Superior appendages has large coarse teeth along the inner edge. Inferior appendages are pyramid shaped.
- Stouter than male, reddish and blackish brown, also with striped thorax; underside of thorax buff
- Wings less smoky bthan male’s.
Compared with other species:
- The only metallic green Lestes. It has smoky wings and blue eyes. The pterostigmas swollen and pale centred.
Distribution and habitat:
- From S Cape eastwards through KZN to the northern parts of South Africa
- This is a highly seasonal species. It has been recorded from pools and swamps edges mostly in the tall grass and sedge in forest or woodland.
- Mainly a highland species.
- Hangs with wings outstretched from grass stems. Lays egs in the stems of sedge grass.