Red-veined Drop-wing

Skimmer from City Park, Nairobi, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Red dragonfly with unmarked wings' but with veins red and a black stigma near forewing tip.

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Broad Scarlet

Broad Scarlet from Mombasa, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Ruby red body, head and eyes. Four unmarked wings oriented forwards. Near shallow ponds.

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Rock Skimmer

Kongelai Escarpment, West Pokot, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Abdomen, thorax and basal half of wings marked with ruby red. Alights on rocks in stream bed.

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Highland Dropwing

A blue Skimmer dragonfly from Naiberi River Camp, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Sky blue dragonfly perches with wings tilted forward. Sometimes commonly called drop-wing.

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Blue Skimmer

Blue Libellulidae from Kongelai Escarpment, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Abdomen and thorax powdery blue. Wings without maculations. Rocky stream on Rift Valley escarpment.

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Setwing

A Libellulidae Dragonfly from Kitale, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Tan brown dragonfly perched with wings tilted forward. Female skimmers are less colorful than their male counterparts.

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Four-Spot Skimmer ♂

Skimmer Dragonfly, Libellulidae, from Eldoret, Kenya © Michael Plagens

This skimmer dragonfly has a dark patch at the mid point of each wing. Open agricultural habitat 200 m from water.

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Four-Spot Skimmer ♀

Skimmer Dragonfly, Libellulidae, from Eldoret, Kenya © Michael Plagens

This skimmer dragonfly has faint smudges at the mid point of each wing. Probably the female of the species at left.

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Setwing

A Libellulidae Dragonfly from Eldoret, Kenya © Michael Plagens

This could well be the male of the dragonfly above, at far right. Wings are similarily tilted forward.

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Phantom Flutterer

Saddlebag Dragonfly from Mombasa, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Wings are clear and without markings except for the basal portion of the hindwings. These dark patches look like side bags.

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Deceptive Widow

A Libellulidae Dragonfly from Kongelai Escarpment, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Male shown has abdomen blue-white (pruinescence) and the wings marked with black patches.

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Damselfly

A pair of Damselflies, Coenagrionidae, from Eldoret, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Much smaller than most dragonflies and very delicate wings are held folded above. Male is bright blue and female duller yellow.

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Damselfly

A Argia like Damselfly, Coenagrionidae, from Kapenguria, Kenya © Michael Plagens

In a rocky ravine on the Kongelai Escarpment. A large blue and green damsel with delicate wings held folded above.

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Damselfly

A blue Damselfly, Coenagrionidae, from Kakamega, Kenya © Michael Plagens

This blue damsel was found along a wooded pathway through Kakamega Forest. Among many similar species.

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Blue-Green Damsel

an irridescent blue-green damselfly, Kenya © Michael Plagens

Slender thorax and abdomen are sapphire blue-green. Alights with wings folded above and behind. Rain forest streams.

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, 2010-2017

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn them I am teaching myself. If I make errors I expect that a kind person will let me know so that I can make corrections.