Sunday, 9 November 2008

Agrionoptera insignis

Anisoptera
Species Name: Agrionoptera insignis
Family: Libellulidae

Male
A small dragonfly of lowland forest swamp and sluggish streams, also found in shaded drains in plantations and disturbed areas. Its thin red (in the male, the female is more dull orange) abdomen with a swollen base would serve to identify it from several similarly coloured species. The synthorax is metallic blue with yellow markings in both sexes, duller in the female. It is usually seen perched on water side vegetation.
Female
The species is widespread in tropical Asia and Australasia with several sub-species recognised. The Bornean ssp is insignis. In Australia its common name is the Red Swampdragon.


6 comments:

spookydragonfly said...

Beautiful captures...I particularly enjoy the male coloring!

Gallicissa said...

This is a genus that we do not have in SL. I get the feeling that it is a close relative of the Pruinosed Bloodtail Lathrecista asiatica asiatica.

This male looks like my type of dragonfly!

Gallicissa said...

BTW, the Sinhalese - Sri Lankan name for dragonfly is Koora (meaning stick) and Bath Koora (rice stick - meaning a stick used to stir rice after cooking.

matinggeckos said...

Hi Joe,

Thanks for showing me the robber fly pic. It is certainly the same species as the one I saw in Singapore.

Cheers
Robin

Anthony Quek said...

Joe,
The above looks more like a Lathrecista asiatica male to me but I am not sure. Both species looks so alike to me. Please let me know if you know how to differentiate between the two. Thanks.

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