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Cherry-eye Sprite

Dragonflies | Namibia

Introduction: Cherry-eye Sprites (Pseudagrion sublacteum) will inhabit running waters, although sightings of this species at swimming pools have been recorded. Western ephemeral rivers are a common catchment areas for this Sprite.

Distribution: Kunene, Kavango, Kwando, Zambezi, Orange and Fish Rivers. Also Etosha National Park, Kaokoland, central and some southern Namibian locations.

Colouration: Unique purplish thorax in the males, cherry-red eyes in the frontal half. A mostly black abdomen and 'slightly milky' (sublacteum) whitish, translucent wings of the female.

Breeding: Emergence begins a few days before the larva leaves the water.

Flight season: Throughout the year, less for the month of September.

Conservation: Not threatened.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

Car Hire Namibia