Fairytails

Family Gomphidae      Rambur, 1842

Africa   Africa
  • Endemic to tropical Africa    Africa
  • Currently 10 species are known but more species may well be found
Southern Africa
  • Two species visible in south Africa'
  •  Spined Fairytail, L. angustus and the recently described Silky's Fairytail, L silkeae seen in the Eastern lowveld are on rare occasions Closely resembles L. angustus and inspection of the rlasper structure.
General description:
  • Very small (hindwing 17-23 mm),
  • Slender abdomen and narrow wings, recalling a damselfly (the scientific name derives from Lestes).
  • Abdominal segment 10 is elongated in both sexes and bent down at rest
Habitat and behaviour
  • Habitats are poorly known, probably mostly streams and rivers with forest, e.g. L. congoensis prefers small, open and rather muddy streams and L. angustus rivers with gallery forest.
Identification guide
Synopsis
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Identification guide

Click HERE for an identification guide for Clubtails based on images of the thorax

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