Catshead Sprite. Broodruggesie.
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Male. Teneral male. Female. Teneral female
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Key identification features:
- Eyes greenish with a sky-blue body with black markings.
- Face is greenish blue. Back of head is black with large pale bluish green postocular spots.
- Black band on top of the head reach the bases of the antenna.
- Upper thorax is bluish green with black humeral stripe. Side of the thorax is light blue with black stripe. Wings are clear with light brown to dark mauvish brown pterostigmas.
- Abdomen greenish blue below with black dorsal stripe. S1 is blue with black basal spot. The marking on S2 is shaped like a cat's head. This may vary in the northern region (catshead shape with long rabbit like ears) or in Southern form (short cat ears). S3-7 has shiny rings. S8-9 are completely blue. S10 is blue with black dorsal X and black appendages.
- Greenish blue with large green postocular spots.
- Upper thorax is brown with black humeral stripe.
Compared with other species:
Distinct postocular spots.
- Thoracic blue stripe of Pseudagrion coeleste is much wider than that of Pseudagrion assegaii (Asssegaai Sprite)
- Abdominal marking on S2 is cat's head shaped in P. Coeleste, but spear-shaped in Pseudagrion assegaii. Female are more blueish than females of other sprite species.
Distribution and habitat:
- Eastern Lowveld of South Africa and North eastern KZN.
- Frequents and rest the fringes of swamps, marshes, pools, and dammed reaches of rivers with an abundance of grass, floating lily pads, reeds and sedges.
- Rests and flits among emergent, rank vegetation. Often rests on lily pads.
A Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa p. 84
Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa p. 78
Dragonfly Biotic Index p. 70
Websites of interest
Odonata Atlas of Africa - VMU Number 663710
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online
The IUCN red list of Threatned Species (Least Concern)
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
Size Comparison Diagram Dragonflies, Damselflies
Morphology of a Dragonfly, Damselfly
Map of South Africa