Trithemis kirbyi

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Trithemis kirbyi
Trithemis kirbyi.jpg
male, Tsumeb, Namibia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Trithemis
Species: T. kirbyi
Binomial name
Trithemis kirbyi
Selys, 1891

Trithemis kirbyi ardens (Gerstäcker, 1891)

Trithemis kirbyi, also known as the orange-winged dropwing,[1] scarlet rock glider,[2][3] or Kirby's dropwing,[1] is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae.[1]


It is found in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Burundi. It is also present in southern Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Ocean Islands and South Asia up to India.[1]

Description and ecology[edit]

The adult male abdomen measures 21-24mm and hind wing 24-27mm. Female abdomen measures 23mm and hind wing 26-30mm. Male is a medium sized scarlet dragonfly with a broad reddish amber patch on the base of transparent wings. Female is similar to male, but duller in color.[2] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical streams and rivers. Breads in marshes, ponds and lakes. Prefers to perch on exposed rocks, dry areas, and boulders in riverbeds.[4][5][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Samraoui, B., Suhling, F., Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Schneider, W. (2016). "Trithemis kirbyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T60062A83875068. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Trithemis kirbyi Selys, 1891". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Trithemis kirbyi Selys, 1891". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  4. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India (PDF). 
  5. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1936). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, Odonata Vol. III. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London: Taylor and Francis. 

External links[edit]

Data related to Trithemis kirbyi at Wikispecies

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