Sunday, 4 January 2009

Ceriagrion bellona

Zygoptera

Species Name: Ceriagrion bellona

Family: Coenagrionidae


Members of the genus Ceriagrion are indeed some of the most beautiful damselflies, they come in shades of red, green and yellow. Back in 2005 when I just started to photograph and learn about Odonata I found some mating and ovipositing pairs of C. bellona along a small stream in hill country on the forest edge in Tambunan. The thorax of the males are orange and greenish with bright red abdomens while the females are mainly olive green. Males look quite similar to C. cerinorubellum which is the commoner of the two Ceriagrion species found in Borneo.


C. bellona is restricted to north Borneo and is recorded at 1000m on Mount Kinabalu as well as in the lowlands at Danum Valley.


5 comments:

spookydragonfly said...

Fantastic, crystal clear captures! They are so brightly colored, enjoyed seeing them!

C.Y. Choong said...

Wow! This is a nice shot of ovipositing of C. bellona. C. bellona is not found in the Peninsular Malaysia.

Ian

Gallicissa said...

Pretty!

I think "bellona" roughly means "beautiful" in latin, which is quite appropriate for this.

Dragonchaser said...

Thanks guys for your kind comments! They ARE beautiful aren't they! [bellus = beautiful,charming, handsome, pretty]

Randy Emmitt said...

The manner that these display during mating reminds me of our Powdered Dancers here in the eastern US. I've added you to my list so I can keep up with your updates. BTW I have 1000s of odonates photos in my file yet to post.