Barbet Percher. Baardmanetjie
Diplacodes luminans (Karsch, 1893)
Also known as Luminous Percher
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Diplacodes luminans, Barbet Percher, Genus Diplacodes, Family Libellulidae small to medium sized, with red to orange-red face, red yellow and black stripy thorax, well defined yellow and black abdomen and orange patches at bases of wings.
Key identification features:
- Face is an orange/red
- Eyes dark red above and grey below.
- Thorax is bright red above, tending to greyish at side, and with pale yellow/red mottled diagonal side stripe and black lines.Dorsal thorax uniformly red
- Wings have orange splashes at the base with the hindwing splash the larger. Pterostigmas are yellowish with dark brown centres
- S1-3 on the abdomen is bright red with some thin stripes. S4 begins red becoming yellow with strong black markings S5-8 is yellow with black markings. S 9-10 is black. Cerci is yellow.
- Dull greyish green to yellowish brown.
- Eyes are light brown on top and sreckled grey below.
- Face is light yellow.
- Front wings has slight amber patch at the wing root
- Wings and abdomen markings are similar to the male.
Compared with other species:
- The colouration and patterns makes this an easy to identify species.
Distribution and habitat:
- Frequents still water shallow pans, seasonal pools, flood plains and marshes with lilies and an abundance of tall grasses, sedges and reeds.
- Perches very conspicuously on tips of sedges or reeds in open water.
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