A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
© John Wilkinson & Rob Dickinson
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AGED MALES
       
MALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
     
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
On the younger males the pattern on the abdomen looks similar, but the dark spectacles on the face is diagnostic.
Fully pruinosed males retains the dark spectacles on the face and that combined with the turquoise instead of blue eyes it will be enough to differentiate between the two.
Also see the id table for fully pruinosed males
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Orthetrum trinacria      
       
ADULT FEMALES
       
YOUNG FEMALES
       
AGED FEMALES
   
       
FEMALES - DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION TIPS
     
       
  SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES  
Orthetrum trinacria      
       
PAIRS
       
OVIPOSITING BEHAVIOR    
     
       
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