A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
© John Wilkinson & Rob Dickinson
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Orthetrum
guineense
Guinea Skimmer
Guinese Skepper
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Least concerned
       
ADULT MALES
       
TENERAL AND YOUNG MALES
     
       
AGED MALES
     
       
MALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
   
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
The abdomen pattern (black markings) on a fresh male resembles that of brachiale, julia and stemmale but it quickly develops showing a very different black pattern similar to machadoi.  He also develops a dark shoulder similar to hintzi making this male one of the most difficult to id.
Also see the id table for fully pruinosed males
PDF.
       
Orthetrum brachiale Orthetrum julia falsum Orthetrum stemmale Orthetrum machadoi
       
Orthetrum hintzi      
       
ADULT FEMALES
     
       
YOUNG FEMALES
 
       
AGED FEMALES
       
FEMALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
     
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
The black metepimeral carina is a diagnostic feature and should be enough to differentiate her from machadoi.  Other than the carina, the pattern on the abdomen differs.
       
Orthetrum machadoi      
       
PAIRS
       
OVIPOSITING BEHAVIOR    
     
       
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