Sunday, 12 October 2008
Species Name: Acisoma panorpoides
At first glance this small species looks like Diplacodes travialis even the males and females in both species are similarly coloured blue and pale greenish yellow respectly. However look closer and you'll see that their abdomens look "pregnant", bulging at the base and thin at the tail end. This unique shape gives it the common name the Pintail.
Acisoma panorpoides is a very widespread Libellulid being recorded
from South Africa and Madagascar to the Mediterranean, into
mainland Asia and Southeast Asia.
Previously thought to be absent from the northern part Borneo, I had
photographed it in Lahad Datu, Sabah as well as Tuaran, near Kota
Kinabalu where I found it to be very common near paddy fields.