Red Rockdweller, Bradinopyga strachani, Wegkruipertjie
Red Rockdweller, Bradinopyga strachani, Wegkruipertjie is Medium-sized, mottled grey, brown and greyish yellow thorax with a bright red abdomen with slight brown markings and red appendages dragonfly
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Key identification features:
- Face is brown with the labrum light grey Brownish grey lip.. Frons very rounded brown. Fontal shields dark brown with greyish white antifrons. Vertex very high, black on top, with a light yellowish grey base.
- Eyes are dark brown above grey brown becoming light grey brown below below..
- Thorax mottled brown with white / brown undefined spots.
- Dorsal carina has well defined antealarsinus ("shark fin" shaped protrusion)
- Wings are long, clear with brown veins
- Abdomen mottled pinkish/grey white and brown with distinct pinkish/ grey white markings on s 7. The marking on s 7 sometimes the only visible part when perching against a rock. May be whitish grey when young Pale appendages
- Very similar to male, but with smaller horns on head.
- Mottles tends to be more pink than the male mottles when young
- More extensive darkened wing tip and hardly any basal streaks. S 7 lighter than with male
- Abdomen stouter
Compared with other species:
- The mottled colouring and the light patch on s 7 is unmistakable.
- The horn like protrusions on the frons and vertex is very clear to see.
- Bradinopyga strachani differs by having a rounded frons without horns, Wings clear rather than narrowly tipped brown. Abdomen ed with maturity, rather than mottled brown.
Distribution and habitat:
Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes, but sometimes in open areas in forest.
Often with bare banks and a hard (like rocky) bottom.
From 0 to 1600 m above sea level, but mostly below 600, although possibly up to 2100.
- Settles on bare rocky outcrops and domes where the males are easily seen due the red abdomen. Females well camouflaged
- Extremely alert, and flies off rapidly when disturbed and usually returning later.
- Females usually with or near males.