White Lined Skimmer, Orthetrum caffrum

The white-lined skimmer (Orthetrum caffrum), also known as the two-striped skimmer, is a dragonfly that can be found in a range that extends from southern Africa to the Arabian Peninsula and includes Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia, among many other areas. It prefers to reside near freshwater sources like slow-moving rivers, marshes, swamps, and pools.

The total population number and trend of the white-lined skimmer is unknown. The species as a whole is not threatened, but local populations are threatened by water pollution and habitat destruction due to increasing agricultural practices. No conservation efforts are recommended for the species and it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Two-striped Skimmer at Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Credit: Alandmanson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)