Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Odonata - Jordan

Not a great deal of wetland habitat encountered in Jordan, so a small Odonata tally of just 8 species after two weeks, mostly consisting (as usual) of Libellulids. The only damselfly recorded was Platycnemis dealbata, pictured here, although one other species eluded me at the Zarqa River. The bird observatory at Aqaba was another good site and produced sight records of Pantala flavescens, Anax parthenope and Anax imperator.

The widespread Orthetrum chrysostigma at the Zarqa River.

Another widespread species, Crocothemis erythraea, again at the Zarqa River.

The beautiful Trithemis annulata, scarce along the Zarqa River.

Perhaps the best of the lot, I do not see Trithemis arteriosa very often. It was only seen around the swimming pool at our accommodation near Wadi Rum.

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