Posts Tagged 'odonata'

blue marsh hawk and the skimmers

Posted by on 12 Jun 2014 | Category: photography, prakriti

The blue marsh hawk belong to the dragonfly family of skimmers, and are conspicuous with their blue thorax and tail.

blue marsh hawk,  orthetrum glaucaum

Dragonflies, especially the males of some species, are also territorial in nature. Research shows that among some marsh skimmers, the males with longer hind wings have an upper hand in winning territorial conflicts.

Species: orthetrum glaucaumFamily: libellulidae

Here are a few other skimmers from our earlier articles:

Pied Paddy Skimmerneurothemis tullia

pied paddy skimmer, neurothemis tullia on a water lily

Fulvous Forest Skimmerneurothemis fulvia

Fulvous Forest Skimmer dragonfly, neurothemis fulvia

 Common Picture Wing, rhyothemis variegata variegata

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly, Rhyothemis variegata variegata (male).

Reference: 
Kasuya E., Mashima Y., Hirokawa J. 1987 Reproductive behavior of the dragonfly, Orthetrum japonicum (Odonata: Libellulidae). Journal of ethology 5(2), 105-113.

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crimson marsh glider and its pruinescence

Posted by on 09 Dec 2013 | Category: photography, prakriti

Crimson marsh gliders are crimson, and frequent visitors to marshlands.

crimson marsh glider, trithemis aurora

Well, it is the male who is crimson, and the female (below) adorns totally different colors.
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stream ruby

Posted by on 16 Jan 2013 | Category: photography, prakriti

The stream ruby belongs to the chlorocyphidae family of damselflies, commonly known as jewels.

stream ruby, rhinocypha bisignata

Stream Ruby is one of these beautiful jewels, with their conspicuous rusty orange stripes on their thorax. Their natural habitat are hill streams, giving them the name stream ruby. This one might be a male; the stripes on the female are more yellowish.
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the blue darner

Posted by on 21 Oct 2012 | Category: photography, prakriti

Darners are often found around ponds, lakes and marshes. The blue darners are conspicuous with their pale green face and sapphire blue eyes. Its exquisite features and elegant nature might have given it the name, “magnificent emperor”. Males have bluish thorax while in females it is yellow with an olive green tint. The one below must be a female blue darner.

blue darner, anax immaculifrons
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pied paddy skimmer

Posted by on 08 Sep 2011 | Category: photography, prakriti

The pied paddy skimmers, with their white-banded black coloured wings, are one of my favorite dragonflies. They bring back all the nostalgic childhood days, as I remember them from the time since when I was a kid – when I used to play out in the fields.

pied paddy skimmer, neurothemis tullia on a water lily

The pied colors and the habitat give them the name pied paddy skimmer. It is the males which have the black colored wings as above, while the females have golden yellow wings with dark spots/tips. These paddy skimmers are often found around ponds, fields, and all kind of pools of water. Their flight is also conspicuous, undulating and floating in the air, much like a butterfly.
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