Two-banded Cruiser, Phyllomacromia contumax, Dubbelbandswalker

118 521 Zimbali 24 Dec 17 1

100 2346   Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 15

101 582 LP RSA Phatograpger John Wilkinson 1

Short description:

Phyllomacromia contumax, Dubbelbandswalker is very large sized, all black and yellow with a distinct yellow waist, yellow bands and a wide yellow band near the end of the abdomen

 Family Macromiidae      (Needham, 1903)
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 Key identification features:

Male:

  • Face dark brown with yellow side spots on postclypeus and frons.   Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018 Two triangular yellow spots present on upper surface of frons and its projections. Head metallic blue above.
  • Eyes olive to bright green with yellow margins. Phyllomacromia contumax Two banded Cruiser Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018 Phyllomacromia contumax Two-banded Cruiser Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018
  • Thorax dark brown with slight metallic sheen,  Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018 becoming black above, faint yellow lines and small yellow spots between wings. Phyllomacromia contumax Two-banded Cruiser Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018 Small yellow shoulder stripes and thin small yellow line on dorsal carina Phyllomacromia contumax, Two-banded Cruiser Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018 Yellow lines on hind margin of dorsal thorax  Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018
  • Wing tips very smoky in young individuals, with age becoming overall slightly smoky (not always visible in nature) with small dark brown markings around bases of veins. Phyllomacromia contumax ,Two-banded Cruiser, Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018 Pterostigmas short (3 mm in fore wing, 2.7 mm in hind wing), deep reddish brown.
  • Abdomen narrow, expanded into distinct club at segments 7 to 9, dark brown to black with bright narrow yellow double ring markings at front margin of s 4-6. Phyllomacromia contumax .Two-banded Cruiser. Male, Close up. Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 26 Viewed from the top these bands are broken  in into a form that give the impression of a triangle between the rings 100 2334 Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 27 Bright yellow ring present on s 3 and 7. S3 split by narrow brown mark towards the rear margin (when viewed from the top) with s7 having a band on the front margin tapering into a tangle on the top hind margin. 100 2335 Phyllomacromia contumax Two banded Cruiser Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 30 S 8 -10 all black. Superior appendages small, narrow and black. inferior appendages yellow when viewed through the superior appendages.100 2335 Phyllomacromia contumax Two banded Cruiser Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 30

Female:  101 582 Nwanedi LP RSA Phatograpger John Wilkinson 1

  • Female similar, stouter and shorter (length 58–60 mm)
  • More extensive brown patches at wing bases, wings with darker smoky tips.
Habitat:
  • Prefers mostly standing waters, but also rivers, large lakes and possibly streams and flowing channels in marshes, in open landscapes, open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest. Often with coarse detritus, a sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom, and probably emergent vegetation.
  • From 0 to 1900 m above sea level, but mostly below 1300.
Behaviour:
  • Mostly cruising up and down forest margins, rarely flying more than 2 m above the ground, often passing close by. Sometimes cruises along lake edges and streams.
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Distribution:

Distribution Map July 2020 Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa:

  • Widely across tropical Africa and in South Africa in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KZN savanna areas 

Africa:

  • Angola; Botswana; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Republic of South Africa; Rwanda; Senegal; Somalia; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Benin; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Guinee-Bissau; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone
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