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Dragonflies - Ethiopia Feb 2019 (1 Viewer)

Muppit17

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I have seen a number of Dragonflies in Ethiopia over the last few weeks and would welcome comments and IDs.

First are a few from Awash NP
 

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pdwinter

Paul Winter
1. I will have to look up - I think Paragomphus sp but not sure what occurs in ethopia
2. Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) male
3. Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) female I think
4. Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) male
 

pdwinter

Paul Winter
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What resources do you have Paul?

The usual european books - Dikstra & Lewington, Galliani et al, Askew, the European Atlas - and The Dragonflies and Damselflies of East Africa by Dijkstra and Clausnitzer.

I've yet to go through all the Orthetrums - I know there is one that looks like Epaulet Skimmer.
 

pdwinter

Paul Winter
Having checked the Skimmers in "The Dragonflies and Damselflies of East Africa" I am sure that pic 3 is a female Epaulet Skimmer.
 

Andy Adcock

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The usual european books - Dikstra & Lewington, Galliani et al, Askew, the European Atlas - and The Dragonflies and Damselflies of East Africa by Dijkstra and Clausnitzer.

I've yet to go through all the Orthetrums - I know there is one that looks like Epaulet Skimmer.

Thanks Paul.
 

pdwinter

Paul Winter
I think you will need to put the first photo elsewhere for ID. It is a Paragomphus species - the thorax pattern doesn't look right for P.genei to me but I've only seen a handful. Dijkstra lists P.genei, P.alluaudi and P.crenigomphoides for Ethiopia. Perhaps the facebook group Dragonflies and Damselflies - Worldwide Odonata would be a place to go.

If you don't have access to that facebook group I could post the photo of the paragomphus there for ID - it could be a new species for Ethiopia!
 

Muppit17

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If you don't have access to that facebook group I could post the photo of the paragomphus there for ID - it could be a new species for Ethiopia!

Thanks Paul, most useful

In respect of the Paragomphus, I think this photo shows a female of the same species.
 

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Muppit17

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If you don't have access to that facebook group I could post the photo of the paragomphus there for ID - it could be a new species for Ethiopia!

Paul

I tried to join but the site appears not to be allowing me at the moment.

Please feel free to add - location should be given as Awash Falls Lodge, Ethiopia (8.8423323,40.012427)

Best Regards
 

pdwinter

Paul Winter
Thanks Paul - been out of the country and only just returned.

Interesting ID - seems it is not mentioned for Ethiopia - unless I am missing something.

"Hi Paul,

This looks like P. elpidius. I believe I've seen photos of it from Awash before.

Cheers, KD"

I guess that sightings came to light after publication of the East Africa book in 2014.

Paul
 
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