Scientific Name: Pseudothemis jorina
Common Name: Banded Skimmer
Banded Skimmer is an uncommon species of dragonfly in Singapore. I have seen this species at many locations such as large open water bodies at lower pierce reservoir; large ponds at the Singapore Botanic Garden; at the forest fringes of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve; Chestnut forest, and Ulu Sembawang Park Connector etc.
The male is basically black with white marking on the 1-3 segments of the abdomen. The female is yellowish with dark markings. Males are often found flying rapidly at open ponds and reservoirs, sometimes chasing rival males. By noon and after, it becomes less active and can be seen perching on twig in the forest. Sometimes, several males can be seen flying in swarm at the fringes of the forest.
Female is rarer, less active and most often encountered inside closed forest.
Scientific Name: Orchithemis pruinans
Common Name: Blue Sentinel
O. Pruinans is a rare species of dragonfly and is known from a few localized site at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Males are often seen at their favorite sites near to slow flowing streams or forest pools in the nature reserve. Females have so far not been recorded in Singapore yet, but the recent photo of a copula which I have taken could well be one of the few rare shots of the female species ever recorded here.
Male typically has a black thorax and abdomen. The wings are narrow and the abdomen is thinner and longer than the similar looking O. pulcherrima. The powdery bluish-white at the 2nd to halfway along the 4th segment of the abdomen is a prominent marking of this species. Eyes are reddish on top and green below.
Scientific Name: Gynacantha subinterrupta
Common Name: Dingy Duskhawker
In one of my previous post, here, I have posted a photograph of a male Gynacantha subinterrupta, which I believed is a young adult male. Here I will continue my post of this awesome species in their adult coloured form as well as some of the female photos.