Horned Rockdweller. Wegkruipertjie
Also known as Flecked Wall-skimmer
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Horned Rockdweller, Bradinopyga cornuta, Genus Bradinopyga, Family Libellulidae is a medium-sized, all mottled brown and grey dragonfly, with horned shaped protrusion on the head (frons and vertex), long wings and short all mottled grey, brown and greyish yellow abdomen.
Key identification features:
- Face is greyish with the labrum light yellow with a dark brown lip. Frons very rounded, with two short, sharp horns, grey, dusted with dark brown. (These horns may be the origin of the name "Horned" rockdweller) Vertex very high, with two, short horns, dark brown, with light yellowish grey base.
- Eyes are dark brown with spotted grey below.
- Wings are long, clear with brown veins, and brown extreme tips, and often with brown, basal streak between subcosta and radius.
- Abdomen mottled grey with distinct markings on S 7 and pale appendages.
- Very similar to male, but with smaller spines on head, more extensive darkened wing tip, and hardly any basal streaks.
- Abdomen stouter.
Compared with other species:
- Mottled colouring and the light patch on S7 is unmistakable.
- The horn like protrusions on the frons and vertex is very clear to see.
Distribution and habitat:
- Localized but records from northern and north eastern provinces are increasing and possible range extension father south into central and southern KZN. Previously, thought to be a species from the Mpumalanga lowveld areas.
- Rocky outcrops and domes with rain pools, in which it breeds but also seen laying eggs in river pools, close to rocky, fast, lowveld rivers.
- Will easily settle on man-made structures like brick walls and other cement structures like the walls of dams resembling rocky outcrops.
- Extremely alert, and flies off rapidly when disturbed and usually returning later.
- Female usually with male.