Dragonflies and Damelflies of South Africa (Pensoft Series by Michael J. Samways

By Michael J. Samways

Dragonflies are a gorgeous, very important and conspicuous part of freshwater, no matter if nonetheless or flowing. also they are very important signs of freshwater caliber and situation, that is major for present and destiny conservation projects in South Africa. The country's dragonflies are rather attention-grabbing as many are distinctive or endemic to the world, making it part of the area of serious conservation value. unfortunately even though, a lot of those endemic species are hugely threatened, in particular via invasive alien bushes which colour out their habitat. This e-book is set this intriguing dragonfly fauna. along with aiming at expanding understanding of those gorgeous and delicate bugs, it allows their id, utilizing numerous techniques, from uncomplicated flick-through to using accomplished id keys.Each species can also be given a Dragonfly Biotic Index, masking a spectrum from the commonest, frequent and tolerant species via to the main threatened, infrequent and delicate ones.Michael Samways is Professor and Chair of the dep. of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch collage. he's a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and a Fellow of the collage of KwaZulu-Natal. He has released 260 clinical papers and written numerous books on insect biology and conservation, the newest of that's Insect variety Conservation, Cambridge collage Press. He has received numerous awards, and within the final years, those comprise the Stellenbosch college Rector's Award for study Excellence, the toilet Herschel Medal from the Royal Society of South Africa, and the Senior Captain Scott Medal from the South African Academy for technology and paintings. Michael is on numerous foreign editorial forums and concerned with numerous overseas committees dedicated to invertebrate conservation. certainly, his examine crew is devoted to the conservation of invertebrates and different biodiversity, which so improve our planet.

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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Flight period: Nov-May, with occasional overwintering individuals. , although occasionally sea level). Behaviour: Highly camouflaged when it is clear-winged, but very conspicuous in its banded form, and highly territorial. Hangs from twigs or stems under bushes or trees, becoming more conspicuous when it moves into a sunfleck. Identification Face: mostly dull metallic green, with pale dull yellow genae. Anteclypeus blackish with some dull yellow on lower margin.

Go to level 17 Smallish damselflies with a red, orange red or brownish face and thorax. 88 - Bright red face and thorax. Common at pools. 2) Painted Sprite (Southern form) (P. 83 - Bright orangy red face and thorax. Localised in ECP and WCP at shaded streams and rivers. 3) Vaal Sprite (P. 95 - Localised on large highveld rivers. 4) Painted Sprite (Northern form) (P. 83 - Bright orangy red face and green thorax. Localised in northern KZNP and Kruger National Park at shaded streams and rivers. 5) Green-naped Sprite (P.

Green head and thorax, striped brown and reddish brown abdominal club. Rivers with sandy shores in hot areas. 125 - Medium sized. Very slender, salad green and blackish striped, without an abdominal club. Localised in wooded savanna rivers. Level 26 Largish, blackish or brown and green or yellow or all green dragonflies with eyes touching. 190 - Fairly large. Black and yellow, robust, with swollen base to abdomen. Settles on rocks in hot savanna. Localised. 2) Yellow Presba (Syncordulia gracilis) p137 - Medium to fairly large.

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