Sunday, 14 March 2010

Ground Skimmer Dragonfly

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The Ground Skimmer (Diplacodes trivialis) is another common species of dragonfly that one is likely to encounter in Kerala.

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The male has a pale azure blue colour with eyes that are reddish brown above and pale bluish or yellowish below.

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The wings are transparent with wing spots varying from dark blue or grey to black.

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The female is greenish yellow with black markings like the male, dividing the abdomen into several segments.

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These skimmers usually perch on the ground and rarely flies above 1 meter in height. Hence its name of ground skimmer.

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These dragonflies are common across India . If you have  caught and played with dragonflies as a child, chances are that it may have been a ground skimmer.

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