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Lucia Widow dragonfly

Afrikaans name: Luciase Weetjie

Male Lucia Widow dragonfly - Palpopleura lucia

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Palpopleura lucia

Both the male and female Lucia Widow are easily identified as they have extensive black markings in their wings.

They are small, stocky dragonflies with a body length of around 3 cm and a wingspan of just under 5 cm.

The Lucia Widow is normally found near water.

Interestingly the Lucia Widow has the distinction of being the first named dragonfly in Africa. It was originally described in 1773.

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References

A Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa - Author: Warwick and Michele Tarboton - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 170

First Field Guide to Dragonflies of Southern Africa - Author: Warren and Vienessa Goodwin - Year Published: - Page: 37

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