Posted by: cochinblogger | May 19, 2015

Female Ruddy Marsh Skimmer

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I shot this in my garden. I consulted Dragonflies and Damselflies of Kerala by Kiran C.G. and David V. Raju, and it appears to be a female ruddy marsh skimmer (Crocothemis servilia). I posted the photo to two nature groups, and the consensus is that yes, it's most likely a female ruddy marsh skimmer. But be warned — I haven't got definite confirmation yet. Interestingly, I'd photographed the male earlier (see Dragonfly and Flower). The male and female look very different — this is a striking example of sexual dimorphism.

Update on January 26, 2016: It's actually a female of Brachythemis contaminata (Fabricius,1793), Ditch Jewel. Thanks to C. G. Kiran, a co-author of the above-mentioned book, who has commented below and set the ID straight.

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  1. Its a female of Brachythemis contaminata (Fabricius,1793), Ditch Jewel. ചങ്ങാതി തുമ്പി . Of course it resembles C.servilia. The designs of wing nerves and its thickness make it differ from C.servilia. Also other morphological features. …………. C.G.Kiran


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