Dancing Broad-legged Jewels (Platycypha caligata) inhabit rocky, fast-flowing zones of river.
Cryptic Spreadwings similar to Spotted Spreadwings in the males' appendages, hence the meaning of the Latin dissimulans.
Pale/Pallid Spreadwing vary in colour with the pale form of the species common in the country's drier areas.
Pinhey's Spreadwing is named after Elliot CG Pinhey.
Spotted Spreadwing carry 3 teeth in the inner margins of each of the male's upper appendages.
Common Riverjacks inhabit fast-flowing sections of streams and rivers, the adult preferring unshaded stretches of water.
Common Threadtails can be observed in swift-flowing sections of streams and rivers, often amongst reeds.
Tropical Threadtails inhabit rivers and are a rare species in Namibia.
Little is known about the ecology or behaviour of the Long Slim. It is believed to live in swamps.
Black-tailed Bluets can be found in spring-fed ponds created from the damming of streams.
The body of the Pale Bluet has been described as subtle, subtile comes from the Latin subtiles meaning 'fine in texture, delicately slender'.
Most recordings of the Swamp Bluet have been in locations of 1,200m above sea level at perennial or temporary waters with submerged aquatic vegetation.
A key identification feature of the Angolan Whisp is the finger-like upper appendages being directly longer than the lower ones.
The Little Whisp is a rather lean and slender creature, hence the Latin name exiles.
The common name Gracious Whisp refers to the charming quality of this species, Latin for gratiosa meaning both 'gracious and kind'.
Although the recordings of the Orange Whisp in Namibia are few and far between, the species is not threatened due to the large population that occurs in the Okavango Delta.
Victoria Whisps were named after Lake Victoria where specimens where first collected.
Common Oranges can be found along the swampy river segments and in seasonal rain pools.
Little is known of the Coral-red Orange. Corallinus is Latin for 'coral-red' referring the colouration of the abdomen.
Katambora Oranges appear completely dark red from a distance.
Pleasant Oranges can be observed at backwaters and oxbow lakes and rain pools.
Common Bluetails are common and widespread throughout Namibia.
Acacia Sprites inhabit most of northern Namibia's perennial rivers.
Assegai Sprites are so called because of the spear-like markings on segment 2, resembling the feared Zulu assegai weapon.
Little is know of the behaviour and ecology of the Black Sprite.
Catshead Sprites inhabit rivers, especially the well-vegetated, swampy or reedy sections.
Cherry-eye Sprites will inhabit running waters, although sightings of this species at swimming pools have been recorded.
Dark Sprites occur at swampy fringes of rivers. They are named after RC Dening, a noted entomologist.
Glaucous Sprites have long and slender bodies. They are a river species.
The first recorded specimens of Hamon's Sprite are attributed to Jacques Hamon, a French entomologist, at Yabasso, Burkino Faso in June 1953.
Kersten's Sprite can only be observed in peaceful small streams with sedges.
Massai Sprites typically inhabit well-vegetated lakes, reservoirs, swimming pools and artificial waterholes.
Nubian Sprites prefer well-vegetated areas and slow-moving perennial waters.
Ruby Sprites have been observed in sections of the Kwando River with swampy fringes.
The first specimens of the Salisbury Sprite were collected in Salisbury Mashonaland, Zimbabwe.
The claw-like shape of the male appendages and the striking head and body colours of the Sudan Sprite make this an easier to identify species than most Sprites in the field.
Common Tigertails are one of the largest dragonflies in the country.
Swamp Tigertails were first described 'from Dundo' in Angola in 1955.
Quarre's Fingertails were named after Pierre Quarre, a Belgian botanist, who collected the first specimens in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Common Fairytails are a very small and slender creature that prefer staying in the deep shade of trees.
Common Fairytails are a very small and slender creature that prefer staying in the deep shade of trees.
Silke's Fairytail are afforded a similar habitat preference to the Common Fairytail.
Common Thorntails can be observed in certain lakes and dams and sections of perennial rivers.
Bold Leaftails were named after a Belgian founder of odonatology, Baron Michel Edmond de Selys-Longchamps.
Kokytos Siphontails are a riverine species, inhabiting fast-flowing river sectors and rapids.
Mastigogomphus sp are a riverine species preferring fast-flowing waters.
Zambezi Siphontails can be observed near rapids and swamps.
The most distinguishing feature of Yellowjack Longlegs are their very long hind legs.
Cataract Hooktails can be identified with some ease by the distinct spine ending of the upper appendage.
Clubbed Hooktails inhabit large rivers, usually resting in nearby shrubland.
Common Hooktails inhabit fresh waters such as larger perennial rivers to smaller streams, temporary waters and lakes.
Corkscrew Hooktails occur around large open oxbow, floodplain, lakes and along large, slow-moving rivers.
Hartmann's Hooktail inhabits streams, rivers and the well-vegetated margins of pools.
Unusually, the female Horned Hooktails often rest in shallow vegetation near the water, whereas males have not been observed doing this.
Kavango Hooktails were first recorded upstream in the Kavango River with the confluence of the Cuito River.
Rock Hooktails frequent rivers and pools, rocky streams. Their upper appendages curve outwards.
Brown Dust-hawkers have a thick, haired thorax, from the Latin villosus 'hairy or shaggy'.
The length of an individual wing of a Little Dust-hawker is usually smaller than the length of the abdomen.
Friendly Hawkers live in streams with overhanging vegetation in higher terrain.
Black Emperors occur mostly in temporary waters, rain and floodplains in the north and from farm dams in the south.
Blue Emperors dominate the waterside over other species of dragonfly.
Orange Emperors are the second largest species of dragonfly in Namibia.
Swamp Emperors are rare in Namibia but do occur in swampy river courses and water channels running between reeds.
Vagrant Emperors are migrants with travelling long distances an intricate part of their life cycle.
Clubbed Cruisers can be found in large rivers. They were named after FG Overlact, a Belgian entomologist.
Darting Cruisers hunt in forest gaps and in shrubland.
Male Two-banded Cruisers often cruise the river by day and hunt in clearings above high ground in the evening.
Inspectors inhabit swamps, perching in the shade of branches of trees for most of the time.
Banded Groundlings occur mainly at lakes and large rivers.
Red Groundlings only occur at rivers and not 'pertaining to lakes' as the Latin lacustris refers.
Twilight Groundlings tend to be active only at dusk and flying along reeds at dawn.
Pied-Spots occur mainly at well-vegetated ponds and swamps.
Black-winged Widows occur at swamps.
Deceptive Widows can be observed at shallow pans with immature grasses or reeds.
Shadow-bridge Widows inhabit vegetated open pools.
Yellow-veined Widows can be found at spring-fed ponds and streams with lush vegetation.
Adult Black-winged Flutterers form swarms at the tops of trees in swamps and lush oxbows of floodplains.
Little is known of the striking Butterfly Flutterer. Possibly they inhabit swamps.
The Phantom Flutterer can be observed at waters with vegetation and a thick-tangled mass of floating algae.
Keyhole Gliders are a migrant species with distinctive hindwing markings.
Male Voyaging Gliders can remain airborne for long periods, hence the common name.
Blue Baskers are named after Henri Milne Edwards (1800-1885), of the Jardin des Plantes de Paris, who collected this species in Algeria.
Red Baskers prefer lush slow-moving waters.
African Pygmy Baskers are a small dragonfly with a broad abdomen.
Southern Gorgeous Skimmers occur at swampy sections of rivers.
Black-faced Dancing Skimmers prefer taller reeds than most other species.
Epaulette Skimmers sport distinctive stripes on each side of the thorax, hence the epaulette connection.
Male Guinea Skimmers have diagnostically shaped genitalia.
Hintz's Skimmer inhabit vegetation near the edges of rivers and streams.
Julia Skimmers are mostly restricted to shady habitats near streams and small springs.
Little Skimmer are the smallest species of this genus.
Long or Slender Skimmer have characteristic long and slender abdomens.
Machado's Skimmer mainly inhabit floodplains, well-vegetated pans and perennial ponds.
The largest species of Orthetrum in southern Africa is the Robust Skimmer.
Spectacled Skimmers sport 2 specular dark rings on the front of the males hence the common name.
Strong Skimmers are also known as River Skimmers as they occur in all freshwater habitats including rivers, floodplains of larger rivers and other smaller water bodies such as dams, oshanas and other wetland impoundments.
Larger ponds with water lilies and oxbow lakes are the favoured habitat of the Tough Skimmer.
Two-striped Skimmers favour lush temporary ponds and slow-moving rivers.
The abdomen of Grizzled Pintails resembles the curve of a scorpion's tail.
There are 2 small, horn-like growths in the frons end of Horned Rock-dwellers, hence the common name.
Global Wanderers emerge in huge numbers after rain. Adults occur in large numbers.
The slender body and hindwing markings of the Old World Twister can be observed in huge numbers, although adults are active only at dusk and dawn.
Barbet Perchers are also known as Luminous Perchers.
Black Perchers were named after the French entomologist Alexandre Lefebvre who collected specimens on an expedition to Egypt in 1828-1829.
Red-veined Darters are a migrant species that head for drier regions of the country in the rainy season, where they adapt to the rain pools for short durations.
Swamp Darters are only found in swamps and large, slow-moving water bodies.
Because of the confusion in colours and markings of Dark Dropwings, little is known of this species other than they are found in flooded grass plains.
Male Denim Dropwings perch on the ground, hence their preference for rocks in rivers or lakes.
Hecate Dropwings occur mainly at sections of swampy rivers and oshanas.
Jaunty Dropwings inhabit small, perennial, shady, streams.
tion: The unusual name of the Monk's Hood Dropwing (Trithemis aconita) is derived from the shape of the anterior lamina of the male genitalia, which resembles the Monk's Hood flower.
Navy Dropwing are found only at locations with fast-moving waters, often perching over streams.
Okavango Dropwings can be observed in swampy sections of rivers
Elegant Dropwings were named after Dr Franz Werner an Austrian zoologist and explorer who collected the first specimens in Uganda in 1905. They have a slender, cylinderical abdomen and are known to inhabit rivers in the north of the country.
Monard's Dropwing were first collected by Dr Albert Monard (1886-1952) in southern Angola in 1928.
Red-veined Dropwings are similar in size colouration to Monard's Dropwing.
River Dropwings are usually observed in the wooded edges of moving streams and rivers.
Rock Dropwing 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.
The sparking contrasting colours of the Violet Dropwing make it one of the easier dragonflies to identify.
Broad Scarlets inhabit almost any freshwater body.
Small Scarlets are always around small rocks, fast-moving waters and at times waterfalls.
The unique bulbous shape of the Slender Bottletail is highlighted its general body colour.
Male Fuelleborn's Spectacular perch on trees by sections of fast-moving rivers and at rapids.
Blue Cascaders are sometimes mistaken for Skimmers when over water, although the latter do not patrol for extended periods.
Ringed Cascaders inhabit rapids and waterfalls but only at small streams.
Pale Scarlets only attempt short flights, using rocks and termite mounds to rest during the day.
A feature of the Glistening Demoiselle is the conspicuous territorial behaviour amongst males.
Dancing Broad-legged Jewels inhabit rocky, fast-flowing zones of river.
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