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Masai Sprite

Afrikaans name: Masaigesie

Masai Sprite

Masai Sprite damselfly

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Pseudagrion massaicum

The Masai Sprite is a smallish damselfly with a length of just over 3 cm. Females are, on average, slightly larger than males. They have a wingspan of around 4 cm.

They are found over virtually all of South Africa, including arid regions. The only criteria is that there is some water available. They like to perch on floating vegetation.

Masai Sprites can only be seen between September and May.

Males are orangey-red on the head and thorax and blue near the tail. Females are more greenish and are difficult to identify from other similar species.

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References

A Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa - Author: Warwick and Michele Tarboton - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 80

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