The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Blue Basker dragonfly

Afrikaans name: Blousonvangertjie

Blue Basker

Blue Basker

Photo © Steven Herbert

Urothemis edwardsii

The Blue Basker is a medium-sized dragonfly. It is around 4 cm in length and has a wingspan of nearly 8 cm. Males are blue with some black at the base of the hind wings. Females are yellowish-brown and are similar to many other dragonflies.

In South Africa the Blue Basker is found in the eastern and north-eastern regions but beyond our borders it occurs over much of sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

They are normally found near water which is lined with reeds and other plant life.

They are only seen during summer.

References and further reading

Sasol First Field Guide to Dragonflies of Southern Africa - Author: Warren and Vienessa Goodwin - Published: 0 - Page: 55

A Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa - Author: Warwick and Michele Tarboton - Published: 2015 - Page: 210


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