Darting Cruiser, Phyllomacromia picta, Pyltjieswalker.

100 2420 Male Songimvelo Nature Reserve MP RSA Febr 2019r 2

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100 2424  Female Songimvelo Nature Reserve MP RSA Febr 2019r 6

Short description:

Darting Cruiser, Phyllomacromia picta, Pyltjieswalker is fairly large to large, black and yellow, and very strikingly ringed.

Family Macromiidae      (Needham, 1903)

 

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Short description:

Fairly large to large, black and yellow, and very strikingly ringed.

Key identification features:

Male:

  • Face yellowish brown. Labrum reddish brown. Postclypeus mottled greenish brown with yellow margins. Frons dark shiny brown and spotted yellow on side margin and on top. Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019r Head very dark brown and slightly metallic above. Phyllomacromia picta, Darting Cruiser, Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019  100 2430 Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019
  • Eyes bright green, lighter greenish yellow below, with small black cap. 100 2430 Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019
  • Thorax with two metallic green/brown to black and three yellow stripes of equal width.  Phyllomacromia picta, Darting Cruiser Male close-up     Phyllomacromia picta, Darting Cruiser Male Cose-up Four yellow spots present between bases of wings. Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019rDorsal thorax with broad bands divided by yellow carinaPhyllomacromia picta, Darting Cruiser, Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019
  • Wings slightly to moderately smoky. Pterostigmas reddish brown, 2.3–2.5 mm long. 100 2436 Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019r 36   Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019   Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019
  • Abdomen slender with distinct club from segments 7 to 9. Segment 2- 6 alternately black and yellow. Dorsal view of s1 has brown band at the hind margin, s2 has hook-like pattern, s3 - 6 has  arrow-like (almost manta-ray like shaped) angular markings in the yellow bands. First half of segment 7 has distinct yellow ring, second half of segment 7 and all of segments 8 to 10 black. 100 2432 Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019r 17 Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019 Darting Cruiser (Phyllomacromia picta)es dark brown/black. 100 2434 Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019r 29 100 2435 Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019r 35 Segment 10 with strong vertical spine above.Phyllomacromia picta Male Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019

Female:

  • Similar, distinctly stouter 100 2439 Phyllomacromia picta Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019r 2
  • Face more brown than male Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019
  • Thorax 100 2440  Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019r 6 100 2441 Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019r 7 Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019
  • Abdomen slender (less than male) with distinct club from segments 7 to 9. Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019 . S2- 6 alternately brown and yellow. Dorsal view of s1 has wine glass shaped pattern with broad base in a yellow ring, s2 has hook-like pattern, s3 - 6 has  arrow-like (diamond shaped) angular markings in the yellow bands. First half of segment 7 has distinct yellow ring, second half of s7 and all of segments 8 to 10 black. Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019 Patterns on the dorsal abdomen may differ from specimen to specimen and with age Phyllomacromia picta. Darting Cruiser, Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019 Club less conspicuous with s 9 - 10 tapering sharply to the appendages Phyllomacromia picta. Darting Cruiser, Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019
  • Wings smokier with amber band between nodus and Pterostigmas. Amber at wing base Phyllomacromia picta Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019  Female Close up Songimvelo MP RSA Febr 2019
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 Distribution and Habitat:

Phyllomacromia picta Darting Cruiser Distribution Map May 2020Scattered locations across South Africa except very dry central area and eastern Cape.Mostly rivers, but also
large lakes and possibly streams, standing waters and flowing channels in marshes, in open landscapes, open
areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest.
Recorded in desert areas.From 0 to 1900 m above sea level, but mostly between 500 and 1500.

Behaviour:
  • It flies fast, darting back and forth over grassland between trees and sometimes along rivers.
Further reading and other information:

Websites:
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species  Least Concern
African Dragonflies & Damselflies Online
Odonata Atlas of Africa Number 666620

 
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