BASKING MALACHITE DAMSELFLY (Chlorolestes apricans)


BASKING MALACHITE DAMSELFLY (Chlorolestes apricans)
BASKING MALACHITE DAMSELFLY (Chlorolestes apricans)
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Description: Like their dragonfly relatives, damselflies are highly effective predators and expert aerial acrobats. They have large eyes and wings that fold back when the insect is at rest. A native of the Eastern Cape of South Africa, the basking malachite damselfly was nearly extinct at the start of the 21st century due to environmental pollution and alterations of its habitat by non-native species. Conservation activities are currently underway to save this species.

IUCN Status: Endangered

Major Threats: Environmental pollution and habitat alteration by non-native species

Habitat: Clear, shallow, rocky streams with overhanging grasses

Location: Eastern Cape of South Africa

Diet: Insects