A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
© John Wilkinson & Rob Dickinson
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Orthetrum
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ADULT MALES
       
TENERAL AND YOUNG MALES
     
       
AGED MALES
   
       
MALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
 
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
On the younger males the pattern on the abdomen looks similar, but there are no dark spectacles on the face.
Fully pruinosed males have blue instead of turquoise eyesand it will be enough to differentiate between the two.
Also see the id table for fully pruinosed males  PDF.
       
Orthetrum icteromelas      
       
ADULT FEMALES
       
YOUNG FEMALES
   
       
AGED FEMALES
       
FEMALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
 
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
The females display both turquoise and dark blue eyes.
       
Orthetrum icteromelas      
       
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