Monday 24 August 2020

Zyxomma obtusum 2


Species name: Zyxomma obtusum

Family: Libellulidae  

Mature males of this crepuscular species are entirely covered with white bloom which gives it a ghostly appearence when silently flitting over drains at dusk or early dawn.
A male in flight. See another male in flight here

I recently found some larvae living in a cement water tank, no doubt feeding on tadpoles of the four-lined tree frog and other aquatic life in the water.

A final instar nymph.

A nymph that has crawled out of the water and 
ready to emerge.

The newly emerged imago beside its exuvia in the process of drying its wings.
 It is a male (teneral) still lacking its full mature colour.