Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria)

The Long Skimmer was recently recorded in the Maltese Islands in 2003 and was recorded breeding on the island of Gozo in 2004. It is originally an african species which seems to be expanding its range possible due to climage change. Its natural habitats are rivers, shrub-dominated wetlands, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.

long skimmer

Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

The Red-veined darter is a common species found in southern Europe and from 1990 onwards has been found in northwest Europe including Britain and Ireland. It can also be found in Africa, the middle east and south western Asia.  This is the only libellulid to be found in the Azores, on the Canary Islands and Madeira. The main flight period of this species is from May to October and scarce during winter months. Unlike other european dragonflies the Red-veined darter has more than one generation a year.

This species as other species of dragonflies will catch and eat prey on the wing.

ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-veined_darter

Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata)

The Violet DropwingTrithemis annulata, is a species of dragonfly in family Libellulidae. It is found in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Reunion, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and possibly Burundi.  It was also recently recorded in the Maltese islands in 2005 and found breeding in 2007.

This dragonfly is a medium-sized species of African origins which is reasonably common and widespread along the Mediterranean coast.  The females have a yellow abdomen and a white and yellow thorax, both of which are marked with strong black lines. It also have a sizable deep yellow patch at the base of her hind wing.