The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Violet Dropwing dragonfly

Afrikaans name: Purpervalvlerkie

Violet Dropwing

Violet Dropwing

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Trithemis annulata

The Violet Dropwing is one of the most beautiful species of dragonfly found in South Africa. Although it is not a common species it is found through parts of Africa all the way to southern Europe.

It is predominantly found in savanna areas but also occurs in coastal and lowland areas. It is most often found near water, particular those stretches of water that have plenty of vegetation along their edges.

The Violet Dropwing is seen most often during spring and summer but in some regions they may be found all year round.

The colouration of the male makes them easily identifiable. Females are brownish-yellow in colour. They are around 3.5 cm in length with a wingspan of 6 cm.

References and further reading

Sasol First Field Guide to Dragonflies of Southern Africa - Author: Warren and Vienessa Goodwin - Published: 0 - Page: 46

Insects of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Clarke H. Scholtz and Erik Holm - Published: 1989 - Page: 86

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 162

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 40

A Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa - Author: Warwick and Michele Tarboton - Published: 2015 - Page: 190

For more info: Dragonflies and Damselflies


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