Saturday 4 October 2008

Orthetrum pruinosum

Species Name:
 Orthetrum pruinosum
Family: Libellulidae

Dragonflies of the genus Orthetrum are mostly thick-bodied medium to large-sized red or blue coloured in males and brownish in females. The only exception is O. sabina which is greenish yellow and black-coloured in both male and female and has a very slender abdomen.   

Of the blue/red Orthetrum, perhaps the most beautifully coloured is O. pruinosum the male of which has a deep red abdomen and a powder (or pruinose) blue thorax and basal segments of the abdomen. It is common near slow flowing as well fast flowing streams hillside streams from the lowland up to 1000m above sea level.

Range of distribution: The species is wide spread in Asia, but the sub-species schneideri of Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia is the most vividly coloured in my opinion.


spookydragonfly said...

This is such an interesting looking dragon. Thanks for sharing it. Perfect photo!

Coffee Girl said...

Awesome shot! now isnt it much better just gazing at it than pulling it apart? LOL

Angela L. Luke said...

Quite a lot in southern Taiwan.