Saturday, February 14, 2009

Damselfly (9) - Onychargia atrocyana (藍彩細蟌)

Family : Coenagrionidae
Common Name : Shorttail
Status : Uncommon
Location : Singapore Botanical Gardens, Holland Woods

(Female - Holland Woods, 2 Jul 2008)

This uncommon damselfly is also known as the Shorttail in Singapore.  Not too sure how it got this common name as I don't recall that it has shorttail!..  Anyway, the male looks almost black in colour while the female has brown coloured thorax with creamy white stripes. A mating pair was first spotted at Singapore Botanical Gardens more than half year ago. Unfortunately it was not well taken as I just started learning photography at that time. A few months later in Jul 2008, a female was found at Holland Wood and it was fairly cooperative allowing me to take some close-up shots. I have not seen them since then.

(Female close-up - Holland Woods, 2 Jul 2008)

(A record shot of a mating pair - Singapore Botanical Gardens, 21 Jan 2008)

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