Scientific Name: Heliaeschna uninervulata
Common Name: Lesser Night Hawker
I was both astonished and delighted for the fact that I have captured the very rare female individual of Heliaeschna Uninervulata in one of my trips to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
The female individual was perching on a tree branch about 3 metres from the ground. From far, it looks like a small aeshnid, with a wing span of only 40-44mm. The tail section of the abdomen was tilted at an angle of about 90 degree throughout the whole duration of my photographing. The place where it was found was heavily shaded within the secondary forests.
Here are some of the features of this species:
- the eyes are light-brownish on top and yellowish below
- the thorax is olive-green
- legs are darken distally
- there is only one cross vein in the median space on both wings
- both wings are slightly tinted brown
- the abdomen is dark brown with speckles of green
- the leaf-like cerci is broad and long and for this individual, is intact
The male can be found here.