Sooty Threadtail. Roetswartdraadstertjie.
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Small sized, distinctly blackish damselfly with blackish upperparts, with a greyish tip to a very slender abdomen.
Key identification features:
- Black face with strong black hairs. Head black from above, developing pruinescence with age
- Eyes black above, bluish grey below
- Thorax black above, greyish buff below;appears striped with pruinescence in old males.
- Abdomen thin with pruinescent S9-10 segments.
- Clear wings, and dark brown pterostigmas with fine light brown borders.
- Slightly larger,slightly larger,more robust than male, overall dark brown, thorax faintly striped light and dark brown.
Compared with other species:
- Vaguely similar to young Pseudagrion draconis (Mountain Sprite) but smaller and lacking the postocular spots.
Distribution and habitat:
- Usually fairly well-hidden among the tall grasses and other vegetation, but can be seen cruising among them when disturbed.
- Cruises & settles along the edges, perching low on plants and exposed rocks.
- On the wing from November to May.
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Least concern)
Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 661790
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online