A third new species for 2017, following my two Scottish additions. This one was found in a considerably better climate at the Parque Natural del Hondo near Alicante, Spain. It’ always a delight finding a new species though hte situation here ws a little frustrating – in vegetation with sun highlights below our boardwalk – resulting in difficult photographic conditions. We got a few recognisable shots, though, but only of the male.
This could be confused with Selysiothemis nigra (Black Pennant); in fact, it was, by me. Hondo supports both D. lefebvrii and S. nigra, males of which we on the same visit. Until I spotted the latters’ wings and distinctive pterostigmas, I thought I was photographing more Black Perchers.
- large pterostigmas, pale to brown
- ♂ all black when mature (appendages turn last)
- ♂ glossy black frons, otherwise matt black
- yellow/brown triangular patch on hindwing root.
- white anal appendages, until fully mature
- ♀ black and creamy-yellow
- ♀ light frons