Overview

Comprehensive Description

General Description

Large to very large, striped and speckled, greenish and brownish with fine, blue saddle on S2. High elevation forested pools in MP and LP Drakensberg.

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Distribution

Only in mountains in MP and LP where it is very rare. To South Kenya. To Ethiopia.

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Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Face: lime green. Labrum yellowish green. Frons light green in front and yellowish at sides, above yellowish green with central, black trapezoid band, widening in front. Vertex black with two green spots. Eyes: olive. Synthorax: dark brown, with yellowish green to light green, with wide (1.5 mm) stripes on shoulders and salad green side stripes. Wings: slightly smoky with dark brown venation. Membranule white on inside, dark grey outside. Pterostigmas: short (2.5 mm) and black. Abdomen: dark brown, with large, green spots. Distal half of S2 with blue, trifoliate patch. Female: similar to male also with blue, abdominal patch, but with more smoky wings

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Look Alikes

Aeshna ellioti has a blue trifoliate patch at the base of the abdomen, which A.subpupillatadoesnot.More northern in distribution than A. minuscula, it has trapezoid black marking on upper surface of frons and not an anchor-shape as A. minuscula. A. ellioti also has black pterostigmas, while A. minuscula has brown pterostigmas. All thoracic stripes of A. ellioti are salad green, but yellowish in A. minuscula. The shoulder stripes are about 1.5 mm wide and slightly triangular in shape A. ellioti, but 1 mm wide and bar-like in A. minuscula.

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Ecology

Habitat

High elevation pans and dams, with grassy fringes, and forest nearby.

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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Behaviour

Hawks rapidly up and down pools and swamps in grass- land next to and in forest.

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Wikipedia

Aeshna ellioti

Highland Hawker or Elliot's Hawker (Aeshna ellioti) is a species of dragonfly in family Aeshnidae. It is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and possibly Burundi. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, rivers, freshwater marshes, freshwater springs, and Alpine wetlands.

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