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Hemistigma albipuncta

Common Name:
Pied Spot Dragonfly 
H. albipunctum
Species Description
Hemistigma is a genus of dragonfly in family Libellulidae. They are commonly known as Pied-spots. The genus contains only three species:
    Hemistigma affinis (Rambur, 1842); Madagascar
    Hemistigma albipuncta (Rambur, 1842) - Pied-spot; widespread in Africa
    Hemistigma ouvirandrae (Forster, 1914) 

Hemistigma albipuncta (Rambur, 1842), or Hemistigma albipunctum, commonly known as the piedspot, is found in Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Burundi. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, shrub-dominated wetlands, swamps, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marches. 

It has a wingspan of 53 mm and is slender. The body is yellowish with black markings. There is a yellow and black line to the front of the wing in both males and females, the face is metallic dark blue above and yellow underneath. There is a blue bloom on the body of the male, and a black streak across the front of the forewings. There are brown spots on the wingtips of females. It occurs mainly at well-vegetated ponds and swamps and tends to fly over small ponds or streams, settling frequently.

The species is widespread in tropical sub-Saharan Africa to northern southern Africa. The species is assessed by IUCN Red List as Least Concern in all other regions in view of its wide distribution, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. 


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