Macromia Cydippe is a very rare dragonfly species in Singapore. It was first recorded at Nee Soon Swamp Forest on 3rd January 2010. It is a forest species which prefers sluggish and clean-bottomed streams.
M.cydippe and M.cincta are both very similar in appearance. M. cydippe is characterised by it’s smaller size, more slenderer body, and a distinct yellow band at the base of the 7th abdominal segment. The inferior appendage of the male M. cydippe is much longer than it’s superior appendage.
I have seen this species, usually males, a couple of times at NSSF and MacRitchie Reservoir. Similarly to M. Cincta, this species like to perch motionlessly on twig just slightly above eye level.
Scientific Name: Acisoma panorpoides
Common Name: Trumpet Tail
This dragonfly is commonly found at open disturbed habitats including grassy swamps, edges of the reservoirs with short grassy vegetation, ponds, and drains. So far, I have seen this species at places like MacRitchie reservoir, Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, and small streams at Central Nature reserves.
As it’s name suggest, this species is unmistakable by it’s unique shape of it’s abdomen. Male has light blue eyes and body. Female is similarly shaped and patterned, but the colour of the eyes and body is more greenish.
This dragonfly is quite small in size and very inconspicuous when they perched among grassy vegetation.
They are very aggressive dragonfly and will eat all kinds of smaller insects, including damselflies.
Scientific Name: Chalybeothemis fluviatilis
Common Name: Green-eyed Percher
One of the more uncommon dragonflies that can be found among the weedy edges of MacRitchie reservoir, this loving small dragonfly is very attractive and inconspicuous.
The male is dark-blue in colour, with unmarked body and thin abdomen. It has a pair of striking green eyes. Female is similar, with a more brownish patch at the dorsum of the thorax and brownish tint at the wing base.
Scientific Name: Trithemis aurora
Common Name: Crimson Dropwing
Trithemis aurora is a small but beautiful dragonfly commonly found in ponds, streams, edges of the reservoirs, and weedy drains. They can be found at Singapore Botanic Garden, Dairy Farm Nature Parks, MacRitchie Reservoir, and many other places in Singapore.
The eyes, thorax and abdomen are brilliant glowing red, wing veins are red, and base of hind wings are tinted dark red in male, dark brown in female.
Immature male is brownish in color, similar to female, but without any black markings at the side of the abdomen.
This is a sun loving species. Male and female like to bask under hot sun in an obelisk position.