Dragonflies | Namibia
Introduction: Rock Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi ardens) are also known as Orange-winged Dropwing because of the colouration of the four wings, the orange reaching up halfway to the node of each wing. They were named after William Forsell Kirby (1844-1912) the foremost Odonata specialist of the day. They inhabit all freshwater bodies including water tanks and swimming pools. Ardens is a Latin word for 'burning'.
Distribution: Widespread and common throughout the country less for the Kavango and Caprivi regions. Observed at Epupa Falls, Kaokoland, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Fish River Canyon.
Colouration: Males are bright red as is the frons. The thorax is pinkish-violet on the sides.
Breeding: Rapid larval development enables eggs to emerge in under 50 days.
Flight season: Throughout the year.
Conservation: Not threatened.
In the small holiday village of Langstrand, between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, this lodge sprung to prominence when Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt used it as their base for their visit to Namibia
Situated out of town on the Rossmund Golf course, one of the world's best desert courses.