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Lake Dropwing, Trithemis dorsalis

The lake dropwing (Trithemis dorsalis) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Africa, with a range that includes Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, among other areas. It prefers a habitat in tropical or subtropical lowlands, savannahs, shrub lands, and forests. Like other dragonflies, it is most often seen near stable or temporary bodies of water like rivers and streams. Its population size is unknown and it is threatened by water pollution and habitat destruction due to agricultural and drainage practices. Research and observation of this species is recommended. The lake dropwing appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Female Dorsal Dropwing; KwaZulu-Natal. Credit: Alandmanson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Lake Dropwing Trithemis dorsalis