Barbet Percher, Diplacodes luminans, Baardmanetjie

100 759  Male Roodeplaat N R Dec 2016 r 11

100 763  Marloth Park Sept 2016r 1

100 922 Diplacodes luminans Barbet Percher Kgomo Kgomo Female NWP RSA Febr 2017r 1

Short description:

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.

Family Libellulidae Leach, 1815

Also known as Luminous Percher 

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100 2004   Kgomo kgomo LP RSA Dec 2017r 3Male

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Key identification features for Barbet Percher, Diplacodes luminans:

Males: 100 2004 Diplacodes luminans Barbet Percher Kgomo kgomo LP RSA Dec 2017r 3

  • Face is an orange/red Diplacodes luminans Barbet Percher Kgomo kgomo LP RSA Dec 2017 100 2005 Diplacodes luminans Barbet Percher Kgomo kgomo LP RSA Dec 2017r 5
  • 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 100 2005 Diplacodes luminans Barbet Percher Kgomo kgomo LP RSA Dec 2017r 5 Diplacodes luminans Barbet Percher Kgomo kgomo LP RSA Dec 2017 
  • 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. Diplacodes luminans Barbet Percher Kgomo kgomo LP RSA Dec 2017 100 2010 Diplacodes luminans Barbet Percher Kgomo kgomo LP RSA Dec 2017r 15

Females:

  • 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.
Habitat:
  • 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.
Behaviour:
  • Perches very conspicuously on tips of sedge or reeds in open water.
Compared with other species:
  • The colouration and patterns makes this an easy to identify species.
Distribution:
Distribution Map June 2020 Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa:

  • Well populated across all southern South Africa and Africa South of the Sahara

Africa:

  • Angola; Benin; Botswana; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Chad; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinee-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Republic of South Africa; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Somalia; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe;
Link to Further reading for Barbet Percher, Diplacodes luminans:

Websites
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)

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