Sunday, 25 November 2007

Orthetrum testaceum

Species Name: Orthetrum testaceum
Family: Libellulidae

Close-up view of male O. testaceum

is one of the largest of the red dragonflies. However it's only the males that are red, the female is olive-green to brown in colour. The males are often seen perched near ponds and drains, flying every now and then. The females are seldom seen, and come to water only during mating and egg-laying when the males will guard her by hovering like a helicopter over her.

This dragonfly is very common in Borneo and is also found in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines and Burma.

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