Scientific Name: Macrodiplax cora
Common Name: Coastal Glider
Macrodiplax cora is a common dragonfly species which is found at reclaimed land, reservoirs and coastal areas. In Singapore, I have seen this species at MacRitchie Reservoir, Upper Seletar Reservoir, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, and Upper Peirce Reservoir.
Adult male Macrodiplax cora is a medium-sized dragonfly with a body length of 43mm. It has large head and dark brown thorax. Both sexes has a distinctive thick dark broken line along the dorsum of the abdomen.
Female is light orange-yellow on thorax and abdomen.Immature male resemble female in colors. The wings are clear except for a yellowish patch at the base of the hind wing.
This species perches on the tip of twigs or branches along edges of the reservoirs.
Macrodiplax cora may be a migratory species and has been known to be salt-tolerant.