A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
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Orthetrum
brachiale
Banded Skimmer
Gebande Skepper
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ADULT MALES
       
TENERAL AND YOUNG MALES
       
       
AGED MALES
       
MALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
       
 
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
As young males, these 4 are grouped together due to the similar pattern on the abdomen. Of these 4, only brachiale and guineense have dark claspers with julia and stemmale having white claspers. The Pt of julia in most cases turns black very fast.
Also see the id table for fully pruinosed males
PDF.
Orthetrum julia falsum Orthetrum stemmale Orthetrum guineense  
       
ADULT FEMALES
       
YOUNG FEMALES
       
AGED FEMALES
   
       
FEMALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
     
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
Abdomen and thorax patterns may look similar, but when young only brachiale has dark claspers.  On the mature female, the Ax veins are ALWAYS pale and the pterostigma is light colored in contrast with julia that ALWAYS have dark Ax veins with the Pt orange to dark brown turning black. The odd one out is stemmale that may have dark or light Ax veins and the Pt color pale or orange
       
Orthetrum julia falsum Orthetrum stemmale    
       
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