Small Scarlet dragonfly. This one has a very broad abdomen. Common in the summer. Found in pools (and streams). Range extends to equatorial Africa.
Red-veined Dropwing dragonfly. Has black marks on the tip of the abdomen, not so visible as he is sky-pointing, and back-lit. Settle with their wings downwards and forwards, on reeds or grass. Making short forays for food, or, if male, to pursue intruders. Numerous in a wide variety of vegetation types. One of the most common dragonflies, with a very wide range that includes all of Africa and the Mediterranean.
March Bluetail is a damselfly. The male is a brilliant blue with blue and white wing spots. The females may be pale green or orange (how am I supposed to keep up with that?!) Adults from October to June, often in a group. Found in slow flowing water (that would be the waterfall and the pump circulating the water). The most common and widespread damselfly in South Africa. Range extends to equatorial Africa and India.
2004 Field guide to Insects of South Africa by Mike Picker et al.
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