Saturday, October 9, 2010

Did I Spot A Very Rare Damselfly ?

This is the continuation from my last post.

Along the way from Lornie Trail to Sime Forest, not only did I pay attention to butterfly species, I also looked out for other insects, especially dragonfly species. According to Tang's guidebook, Singapore has 124 species of dragonfly, so I am rather optimistic about encountering something new for me to photograph during each outing.

At the reservoir edge next to the SICC golf course, as usual, I spotted a few dragon and damselflies. This looks like a Acisoma panorpoides which was oblivious to my presence while it was "sleeping" on a grass blade.
At the same vicinity, some blue damselflies - likely to be male Pseudagrion microcephalum were also resting peacefully in the morning's cool breeze but most of them were too far away for me to take a full-frame shot.
This is a very cooperative female Trithemis pallidinervis which stayed at this position for quite sometime, allowing me to compose many shots. Thanks Tang HB for helping me to confirm the identification as T. pallidinervis.
I noticed quite a few other dragonflies darting around the reservoir edge as I moved towards the boardwalk. This is a male Orthetrum chrysus, displaying quite clearly its dark brown thorax and red abdomen and resting on a twig - coming back to the same perch whenever it was disturbed by passersby.
If I had known this may be a vary rare damselfly Archibasis rebeccae, I would have taken more shots even though it was perching in the middle of a forest stream near the Rifle Range Trail. This is the only shot I took from a distance in order not to get myself wet. I hope to go back there soon to take more pictures in order to identify it positively.
This is a kind of fly - but I don't know exactly what it is . When it was in flight under the sun shine the metallic blue wings really looked attractive.
Finally I would like to present a shot of a huge cricket or a grasshopper (?) hiding amongst some leaves. I think Ming Kai should be able to id for me.


  1. Damsels and Dragonflies are a tough subject to capture and you did so beautifully! Glad to have run across your blog on the Nature Blogs Network - we're two wildlife field biologists who are new to the network and looking forward to following your adventures :)

  2. Hi Ben and Carrie
    Thanks for dropping by at this blog. Hope my photographs on insects can be useful for you.

  3. I don't know how rare it is for there, but it sure is different from anything I have seen here in the northeastern part of the US.

  4. Hi Sandy

    Thanks for putting down your thought here.
    Same for me - I find many Northern Hemisphere fauna species especially butterflies gorgeous and fascinating.