Black Sprite, Pseudagrion commoniae

The black sprite (Pseudagrion commoniae) is a species of damselfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, and Zambia, among other areas. It prefers to reside in bushlands, woodlands, and savannahs and can be found near water sources like streams and rivers. The population size of this species is unknown, but it is thought to occur in stable numbers throughout its range. It is threatened by habitat loss due to deforestation and water pollution. Research regarding the habitat and population trends of this species has been suggested. The black sprite appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Male Black Sprite near Kranskop. KwaZulu-Natal. Credit: Alandmanson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)