Two-striped Skimmer (Male)

Orthetrum caffrum ?

a Libellulid Dragonfly from Eldoret, Kenya, Jan. 2014. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed adjacent to a drainage ditch, Eldoret, Kenya. Jan 1, 2014. Species identification by R. Taylor.

Dragonflies lead a double life. The first life is an aquatic insect hunting beneath the water and concealed by growth or fallen leaves. There they consume aquatic invertebrates or even small fish. Eventually they emerge from the water, shed their exoskeleton once more, and reveal their gossamer wings. Now they become masters of airborne predation taking especially small flies including mosquitoes. People should appreciate these marvels!

Libellulidae -- Skimmer Dragonfly Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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