A Guide to the Damselfly (Zygoptera) Families of Southern Africa

Six families are present in the Southern African Region

These families are differentiated by:

  • Wing venation and wing position at rest
  • Body shape and length
  • Clasper morphology

An example of each family is shown here.

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A click on family/species name will link to the main species description article and image gallery.

Synlestidae
Malachites
Spreadwings
Lestidae
108 005 Chlorolestes umbratus White Malachite Male Koegelberg Western Cape 18 11 2015 100 154 Lestes dissimulans Cryptic Spreadwing Male Mabusa Nature Reserve MP RSA Dec 2017r 1
Demoiselles
Calopterigidae
Jewels
Chlorocyphidae
100 000 Phaon iridipennis Glistening Demoiselle Male Marlothpark MP RSA Apr 2017r 4 100 052 Platycypha calgata Dancing Jewel Mooinooi NWP RSA MCH 2015r 5
Goldtail, Riverjacks, Spesbona, Threadtails
Platycnemididae
Bluets, Bluetails, Citrils, Sprites, Slims, Wisps.
Coenagrionidae
121 025 IMG 0099 100 1632 Swarthy Male Ndumu KZN RSA Mch 2017r 1

 

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