The Julia Skimmer (Orthetrum julia) is common and widespread over much of Africa.
A huge Thank You to the clever folks at S.A. Butterflies, Bugs, Bees and other small things Facebook group for identifying this cutie. :D
Its preferred habitats are moist lowland forests and near rivers.
Male and female Julia Skimmer have different colourations. The body of the male is predominantly a bluish gray colour while the female is more a brownish yellow.
The skimmers or perchers and their relatives form the Libellulidae, the largest dragonfly family in the world. It is sometimes considered to contain the Corduliidae as the subfamily Corduliinae and the Macromiidae as the subfamily Macromiinae. Even if these are excluded (as Silsby does), there still remains a family of over 1000 species. With nearly worldwide distribution, these are almost certainly the most often seen of all dragonflies.
The genus Libellula is mostly New World, but also has one of the few endangered odonates from Japan: Libellula angelina. Many of the members of this genus are brightly colored or have banded wings. The related genus Plathemis includes the whitetails.
The order name may have been derived from the Latin libella which means booklet.
Youngest son and I were walking in the garden and he was helping me look for Spiders to photograph, when we saw this cutie on the Aloe.
I was so excited when I saw it and we stood still and watched it fly around, and luckily for me it kept coming back to the Aloe.
We noticed it had something in its mouth and I moved closer and zoomed in ….
It had a little bug in its mouth and was munching away …
It was so interesting to see it enjoying its meal and wasn’t bothered at all by the big eye and 2 excited humans watching him. :D
After its tasty meal, it sat there posing for a while, before it flew away. What a grateful and special moment this was. :D
For those interested : I edited the photos in Lightroom 5.6 and added an HDR effect to bring out the colours and texture more. The header was edited in Corel PaintShop Pro with the plugin filter Topaz Clean 3, where I also added the quote. The frames and watermark was done with Photoscape – a Free, Fun and Easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.