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Undocumented dragonfly found in Limpopo, South Africa

The Eastern Scissortail Dragonfly was recently spotted in SA for the first time at the Swadini Forever Resort in Hoedspruit, Limpopo.

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An undocumented Dragonfly has been found at the Swadini Forever Resort in Hoedspruit, Limpopo.

According to the Letaba Herald, this is the first time that this dragonfly called the Eastern Scissortail has formally been documented in South Africa. The Eaters Scissortail is usually found around the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border.

It is said that the resort is not only home to the newly documented Eastern Scissortail Dragonfly, but also home to other unique Dragonflies such as Painted Sprite, Great Sprite, Lined Claspertail, and Spined Fairytail.

“Dragonflies and Damselflies play a key role in both the terrestrial and aquatic habitats. They are predators as both nymphs and adults feed on a variety of prey including nuisance species such as mosquitos, ants and biting flies.

“Dragonflies are also able to consume their own body weight in as little as half an hour. Dragonflies’ are nature’s way of pest control – natural alternative”, said Nols van der Berg, General Manager at Swadini.

Swadini started a project earlier this year with the aim of understanding the ecosystem in and around the resort.

“Overall, our vision is to leave behind a wealth of knowledge, understanding and awareness for the unique Fauna and Flora in and around Swadini and the Blyde River Nature Reserve for future generations”, van der Berg said further.

According to Science Mag, Dragonflies are acrobats of the sky. They can fly upside down, turn 360° on a dime, and fly more than 55 km/h.

It is said that if a Dragonfly can’t fly, they’ll starve because they only eat prey they catch while flying.

Apparently, they catch their insect prey by grabbing it with their feet. They’re so efficient in their hunting that, in one Harvard University study, the Dragonflies caught 90 to 95 percent of the prey released into their enclosure.

Nearly all of the Dragonfly’s head is the eye, so they have incredible vision that encompasses almost every angle except right behind them.