A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
© John Wilkinson & Rob Dickinson
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Orthetrum
stemmale
Bold Skimmer
Koenieskepper
South African/African
distribution records
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least_concerned
       
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 brachiale Orthetrum julia falsum Orthetrum guineense  
       
ADULT FEMALES
     
       
YOUNG FEMALES
       
AGED FEMALES
     
       
FEMALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
Orthetrum brachiale Orthetrum julia falsum    
       
PAIRS
     
       
OVIPOSITING BEHAVIOR    
     
       
ANOMALIES
   
       
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