Denim Dropwing, Trithemis donaldsoni, Denimvalvlerkie

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  Male Tzaneen Nov 2016Young Male

T100-1095 Denim Dropwing FemaleFemale

Short description:

Denim Dropwing, Trithemis donaldsoni, Denimvalvlerkie is small sized light blue with contrasting dark brown eyes.

Family Libellulidae Leach, 1815
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Males: 100 504 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Dropwing Male Farm Alicedale Dec 2015r 1

  • Face light brown with dark brown eyes with grey spots below101 618 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Dropwing Male Nwanedi LP RSA Aug 2016
  • Thorax (short and stubby) and abdomen are an even pale blue to pruinescent light grey. 101 615 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Dropwing Male Nwanedi LP RSA Aug 2016
  • Abdomen brown with yellow strips on side 100 611 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Droping Female Ezemvelo GP RSA Apr 2019 4when young becoming grey becoming dark from segment 8
  • Wings are clear with veins close to thorax showing light blue. Wings as long as abdomen. 10½-12½ Ax in forewing, only rarely 13½ 101 619 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Dropwing Male Nwanedi LP RSA Aug 2016
  • Pterostigmas are reddish-brown between black veins, but very pale yellowish-brown on underside, especially in forewing.101 619 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Dropwing Male Nwanedi LP RSA Aug 2016

Females: 107 583 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Droping Female Ezemvelo GP RSA Apr 2019 3107 583 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Droping Female Ezemvelo GP RSA Apr 2019 3

  • Seldom seen. Lives far from water, only returning to the water to mate where it is very briefly seen
  • Eyes are brown 107 609 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Droping Female Ezemvelo GP RSA Apr 2019 1
  • Thorax has distinct stripes 107 609 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Droping Female Ezemvelo GP RSA Apr 2019 1
  • Abdomen stripes and markings similar to young male100 611 Trithemis donaldsoni Denim Droping Female Ezemvelo GP RSA Apr 2019 4
 Habitat:
  • Rivers in open landscapes, shallow, rocky, strong flowing savanna rivers.  Usually with rocks. May be found next to open waters
  • Found from an altitude of 0 to 1700 m above sea level, but mostly between 200 and 1600.
Behaviour:
  • Territorial males perch mostly on stones or rocks either near the side or midstream.
  • Strong flyer, frequently darting off, returning to original perch.
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Distribution:
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 South Africa:

  • Found in the warm eastern and northern side of South Africa. 

Africa:

  •  Angola; Botswana; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe;
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