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1 April 2014

Dragonflies. Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora) and Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata)

The Violet Dropwing, Trithemis annulata, is a species of dragonfly in family Libellulidae.
It is found in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Réunion, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Burundi. It was also recently recorded in the Maltese islands in 2005 and found breeding in 2007.

Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora) female on dry stalk. (by-nc-nd)

Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora) male dry stem. (by-nc-nd)

Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) female on wooden block. (by-nc-nd)

Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) male on dry stem. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) on dry stem. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)


  1. Again, Stella, you've done a superb job of capturing these evanescent little creatures. Your photo of of the Crimson Marsh Glider is one of the best I've ever seen.

  2. Sorry for being absent for quite a while, got a bit distracted, but now I'm back. Thanks a lot for appreciating my patience with these guys, although it's not their flutter, but rather the atmospheric conditions that make it quite tricky to get a proper shot.


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