With its black-tipped abdomen, black head and blue body the male Eastern Blacktail is one of the easier dragonflies to identify. Females are yellowish-brown with black sides to their abdomens and a cream line on the top of their thoraxes.
The Eastern Blacktail is found in a variety of habitats which range from ponds and dams to savanna.
They seem to have favourite perches from where they hunt returning to the same spot after a short flight.
It is found over most of sub-Saharan Africa.
This dragonfly is also referred to as the Black-tailed Skimmer.