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Tetracanthagyna plagiata (Waterhouse, 1877) – ♂

I have seen females of Tetracanthagyna plagiata on just two to three occasions over the years of odonata hunting but not a single male. Only just recently, I have encountered a male individual resting in the heavily shaded foliage of the secondary forest in the nature reserves.

A young male individual of the Tetracanthagyna plagiata. This a a pristine specimen.
A young male individual of the Tetracanthagyna plagiata. This a a pristine specimen.
closeup shot of the wings - an x-sign, thorax and abdomen.
closeup shot of the wings – an x-sign, thorax and abdomen.
Male with long superior appendages.

Males have wings that are long, and broad, and have dark brown costal streak, without the broad transverse dark brown patches near the wing tips of the females. Otherwise the general appearance of both males and females are very similar.

The pictures of the female can be foundhere.

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Banded Hooktail (Paragomphus capricornis, Förster, 1914)

Banded hooktail is a common dragonfly species in South East Asia but is certainly not common in Singapore. It is a very localized dragonfly and can only be found at very few places in Singapore. I have regularly seen this species in an open grassland at the northern part of Singapore.

This species like to perch on twigs on bright sunny days. I have seen both males and females foraging at the same locality but have yet to see a mating pair. They are not shy as long as you keep a safety distance. I have seen them hunting and consuming small insects and on one occasion, I have seen one male being eaten by a larger dragonfly, the variegated green skimmer ( Orthetrum sabina).

This is certainly a very beautiful species of smaller gomphid dragonfly.

Female and male banded hooktail basking on twigs on mid afternoon.
Female and male banded hooktail basking on twigs in mid afternoon.
Female
Female
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Male
A male eating a small insect.
A male eating a small insect.
A male basking in hot sun.
A male basking in hot sun.
An unlucky male, being fallen prey to a variegated green skimmer dragonfly.
An unlucky male, being fallen prey to a variegated green skimmer dragonfly.