Monday, 8 March 2010

Brown-backed Red Marsh Hawk Dragonfly

This is the first dragonfly to be featured on Nature magnified, and it appears to deserve the honour! The Brown-backed Red Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum chrysis) is a medium sized dragonfly with a blood red tail and brown thorax.

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Its eyes are coffee brown above and bluish grey below.

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The wing bases are an amber colour and the wing spots are a dark reddish brown.DSC06447.jpgDSC06451.jpg

The images shown here are of the male. the female is bright ochreous with black markings

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These dragonflies are widely distributed throughout India and are commonly seen around marshes, ponds, paddy fields and stagnant parts of rivers and streams.


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