Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly

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Common Picture Wing (Rhyothemis variegata) is also called the Variable Glider. It is a medium sized dragonfly with butterfly like wings.

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The forewing is transparent with golden yellow and dark brown spots. The trailing edge of the male has a characteristic “W” shaped mark. They eyes are dark with reddish-brown above.

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While the wing tips of the male is marked in the deep coffee brown coloured spot, the female (shown here) has it transparent. The wing-spots are black.

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This butterfly has a weak flight and is often mistaken for a butterfly. They are commonly found around their breeding water body.  One is most likely to encounter this dragonfly on the wing rather than on the perch.

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Thomas,
    You may want to see the pic of mine @ http://picasaweb.google.com/ramjee.n/WOWWondersOfWilderness#5447574453816313890

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