Sunday, March 01, 2009

Dragonfly (12) - Acisoma Panorpoides (錐腹蜻蜓)

Family : Libellulidae
Common name : Asian Pintail
Status : Common

This is a relatively small species commonly found in shrub-dominated streams, canals, drains, ponds, etc. The female is greenish grey in colour while the male has black & white body with attractive blue eyes. I have seen them in the grass patches near Holland Woods and a steam near Segar Road sometime in Mid June 08. On both occasions, I had difficulty getting near to them and did not manage to get good shots. It was almost a year later on 9 May 09 when I revisited Holland Woods, did I manage to get some improvement shots of the male. It was at 7.30 am and this male was probably fast asleep allowing me to go very near to capture some close-up shots as well.

(Male - Holland Woods, 9 May 2009)

(Female - Holland Woods, 30 Mar 2010)

In Mar 2010, I was lucky again to find a sleeping female at Holland Woods.  It was pretty early in the morning and there were some dews on its body giving it a refleshing look. 

(Holland Woods - 20 Mar 2010)


Dragonchaser said...

Hi Anthony,
Your first photo looks a little like a male Diplacodes trivalis, did you notice? I'm not sure but perhaps you could check again?
Cheers, great blog.

Anthony Quek said...

Hi Joe,
I think you are right. On closer look, it looks more like a Diplacodes trivalis. But I thought males are supposed to be blue in colour while my first photo looks greenish in colour? Please advise. Tks.
- Anthony.