Saturday 23 February 2008

Ictinogomphus decoratus

Species Name: Ictinogomphus decoratus
Family: Gomphidae

This large dragonfly is perhaps the most commonly seen member of the family Gomphidae in its range which spreads from China, Indochina, Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia, to Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines.

It breeds in open standing water like ponds and dams, the males are often seen perched on emergent water plants or on the water edge. Females are sometimes seen depositing their eggs in the pond, I have seen one doing so by simply dropping her eggs into the water seemingly at random and barely wetting her abdomen, with the male guarding her from a distance.

Gomphids are commonly called Clubtail Dragonflies, so this species with its yellow stripes would probably be called a Tiger Clubtail!


Geeko said...

Beautiful pics! I'm also a dragonfly hunter and blogger. It's really nice to see some Malaysian species. Be sure I'll visit you now and then, now that I've found you. :-)

Dragonchaser said...

Thanks geeko. I've just visited your very interesting blog too which I think deals mainly with European odonata. I know very little French though:)