Bottletail.   Africa

Family Libellulidae       (Leach, 1815)

Distribution Worldwide
  • Monotypic and endemic to tropical Africa
  • Widespread in Tropical Africa.
Southern Africa
  • Range from the warm north eastern areas but recent records from southern Gauteng and south eastern North West Provinces.
General identification features
  • Range from the warm north western areas butt recent records from southern Gauteng and south eastern North West Provinces. 
  • Easily identified bay the very elongate abdomen with bulbous base, and glossy black body with bold yellow spots
Habitat and behaviour
  • Widespread in most open habitats, being most common at standing water, open streams and river, or localised at herbaceous marshes and lakes
  • Perches conspicuously along open rivers (sometimes streams and lakes), being very aggressive towards other dragonflies.
 Synopsis 
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