A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
© John Wilkinson & Rob Dickinson
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Orthetrum
capicola
Cape Skimmer
Kaapse Skepper
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ADULT MALES
       
TENERAL AND YOUNG MALES
 
AGED MALES
       
MALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
 
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
As young males distinct in color, but may be confused with caffrum.
As adult males distinct from julia falsum in the western cape, but begin to look very similar from around the central Eastern Cape to the KZN border.
Also see the id table for fully pruinosed males
PDF.
       
Orthetrum caffrum      
       
ADULT FEMALES
 
       
YOUNG FEMALES
     
       
AGED FEMALES
       
FEMALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
   
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
Orthetrum caffrum      
       
PAIRS
 
       
OVIPOSITING BEHAVIOR    
     
       
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