Family: Chlorocyphidae (Jewels)
Scientific Name: Libellago lineata
Common Name: Golden Gem
Libellago lineata is an attractive small damselfly, a species from the family of Chlorocyphidae which is widespread in tropical Asia.
In Singapore, this species has been classified as restricted but common. It can be found in most reservoirs within the Central Catchment Nature Reserve as well as Mandai river, where it can still be found in good numbers.
It is fascinating to watch this species up close from males circling one another in territorial fight to male mating with female in intense copulation to female laying eggs on floating logs or vegetation guarded by the male. I feel lucky for having the chance to watch the above actions unfold some time back at Mandai river.