Spined Fairytail, Lestinogomphus angustus, Towerfee
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Spined Fairytail, Lestinogomphus angustus, Towerfee medium sized, with a very slender yellowish green to green, and blackish ringed abdomen, bulging at the end and without foliations. The wings are narrow, almost damselfly-like. The thorax is light green and with blackish stripes
Note: The scientific name is derived from the Damselfly, (Zygoptera) family, Lestidae due to the shape of the wings recalling that of a damselfly.
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Key identification features:
- Face is light green with transverse brown line.
- Eyes are light turquoise green above with light green below.
- Thorax is light green and spotted with fine, blackish stripes.
- Wings are narrow, almost damselfly-like, with dark brown pterostigma's.
- Abdomen is long and narrow with yellowish green to green and black rings. Insignificant club with slightly enlarged S 7-10 and
no foliations S 10 is as long as S 8-9 together. S 9-10 is reddish brown to black. Appendages very short and complex with a
short dorsal spine midway on the inferior appendages
- Face light green to cream becoming greenish yellow to cream. Vertex greenish brown becoming yellowish brown with age .Frons light green becoming yellowish green. Postclypeus light green with two short brown bands becoming yellowish with brown bands. anteclypeus cream with light brown upper edge
- Eyesight green above light greenish grey below
- Thorax with yellow Humeral strip. Post humeral stripe brown. Dorsal stripe "D" shaped with the straight part of "D" towards the inside (dorsal carina side) Markings on thorax less intense than male.,
- Abdomen Light green and brown becoming yellowish with brown with age. Long segment 10.
- Prefers dense bush or forest adjacent to rivers in warm coastal KZNP, LP savanna, and MP and LP lowveld.
- Mostly perches under bushes or trees, resting horizontally along grass or stems. Sometimes uses S10 as a monopod to rest the long abdomen on.
Compared with other species:
- This small Gomphid is unmistakable in SA. Besides its slender build, narrow wings, general greenish appearance, it has an unmistakable long abdominal S10 with yet very short appendage.
- The vernacular name describes the inferior appendages which have a dorsal spine midway.
- Uncommon in the northeast and eastern lowveld areas of South Africa but more records are becoming available. Some records from the northern areas that may be seen as a range extension or as insufficient records to form a clear idea if the actual range in South Africa.
- Botswana; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Angola; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Mali; Somalia; Swaziland
- A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
- African Dragonflies & Damselflies Online
- Odonata Atlas of Africa Number 664880
- The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Least Concern