Sunday, September 21, 2014

Some Dragonflies @ Lornie Trail

I dropped by Lornie Trail in a late Saturday afternoon (6 Sept). Taking a leisure walk on the forest trail, I stopped at the reservoir edge where I used to find butterflies feeding on the Leea indica flowers but not this time. However, this small but attractive long-legged fly kept me busy for a while as it reacted to the flashlight  faster than the shutter speed.  So I decided to take some shots without the camera flashlight.                   
When butterflies came along, I would go after them. This is a female Knight (Lebadea martha parkeri) looking for food on the ground. But it didn't stay too long for me to get a better shot.
There were at least three individual Arhopala lycaenids but they all looked haggard,  flitting around  a shady spot along the Lornie Trail.
This is a rather worn-out skipper that looks like a Telicota species but I could not identify with certainty.
I decided to look for dragonflies when the butterflies all went hiding. You won't miss this common red dragonfly, Neurothemis fluctuans when you walk along the forest trail.
I was glad to find the Aethriamanta brevipennis again -  one of the smallest dragonflies in the world. As usual, the female was nowhere to be seen. When some hikers stopped by to look at what I was photographing, they were amazed that I could spot such a small creature. Well, when we know what to look out for, we can find it if it is there.  
The size of a damselfly is smaller and it was much harder to spot. Taking a good look at the aquatic plants surrounding the reservoir edge, I spotted this lovely damselfly Ceriagrion cerinorubellum perching on a twig.
There were a few blue damselflies showing different perches along the reservoir edge. I hope I have identified it correctly as  Pseudagrion microcephalum.

When the number of butterflies getting fewer, the number of dragonflies at this particular spot seemed to be as good as before.   

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