The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Citril

Afrikaans name: Gewone Aljander

Common Citril

Common Citril damselfly

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Ceriagrion glabrum

The Common Citril is a common sight in suitable habitats. At times it is very common. In South Africa it occurs southern, eastern and northern regions of the country.

It is most commonly found near water in savanna but can be seen in other places such as coastal forest.

The male is orange in colour and the female is olive to brown in colour. The can grow to a length of 4 cm or more and have a wingspan of up to 5 cm.

In some areas the Common Citril can be found all year round but it is most abundant between December and April.

It occurs in many other African countries where it goes under names such as Orange Waxtail, Common Pond Damsel and Common Citril.

References and further reading

A Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa - Author: Warwick and Michele Tarboton - Published: 2015 - Page: 60

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 34

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 154

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 17

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