Barbet Percher, Diplacodes luminans, Baardmanetjie
Barbet Percher, Diplacodes luminans, Baardmanetjie is small to medium sized, with red to orange-red face, red yellow and black stripy thorax, well defined yellow and black abdomen and orange patches at bases of wings.
Also known as Luminous Percher
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Key identification features for Barbet Percher, Diplacodes luminans:
- Face is an orange/red
- Eyes dark red above and grey below.
- Thorax is bright red above, tending to greyish at side, and with pale yellow/red mottled diagonal side stripe and black lines.Dorsal thorax uniformly red
- Wings have orange splashes at the base with the hind wing splash the larger. Pterostigmas are yellowish with dark brown centres
- S1-3 on the abdomen is bright red with some thin stripes. S4 begins red becoming yellow with strong black markings S5-8 is yellow with black markings. S 9-10 is black. Cerci is yellow.
- Dull greyish green to yellowish brown.
- Eyes are light brown on top and speckled grey below.
- Face is light yellow.
- Front wings has slight amber patch at the wing root
- Wings and abdomen markings are similar to the male.
Compared with other species:
- The colouration and patterns makes this an easy to identify species.
Distribution and habitat:
Well populated across all southern South Africa and Africa South of the Sahara
Frequents still water shallow pans, seasonal pools, flood plains and marshes with lilies
and an abundance of tall grasses, sedge and reeds, in open landscapes, but sometimes shaded by gallery forest.
From 0 to 2100 m above sea level, but mostly below 1600, although possibly up to 2400.
- Perches very conspicuously on tips of sedge or reeds in open water.
Link to Further reading for Barbet Percher, Diplacodes luminans:
Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 669120
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Least Concern)