Black Percher, Diplacodes lefebvrii

The black percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Eurasia, Europe, and Africa. It holds a large range that includes Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Iran, Madagascar, Pakistan, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, and Zambia, among many other areas. This species can be found near almost all temporary and permanent freshwater sources. It is abundant throughout its range, but its total population number is unknown. The species as a whole is not threatened, but local populations are threatened by water pollution and habitat destruction. No conservation efforts are suggested for the black percher and it currently appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Black Percher dragonfly, probably Diplacodes lefebvrii. Pereybere Mauritius, October 2012. Credit: John Tann/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)