Saturday, 7 February 2009
Species Name: Argiocnemis alcyone
Photo 1: A young male (this species goes through
a series of colour change as it matures,
young specimens have largely red abdomens)
I found this delightful little damselfly to be quite common in shaded drains and in weeds among the palms in the plantation I where work.
Dr Rory Dow who is in the process of re-describing this species (and transfering it to this genus from Mortonagrion) identified my photos and said it was an endemic species in Borneo and my photographs are probably the only ones of this species in existance! He added "It appears to be quite widely distributed along the east coast of Borneo, but there is an apparently isolated population in Brunei."