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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
Male
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.
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