A male Coromandel Marsh Dart.
|Copyright: Ravish Radhakrishnan (ravish) (28)|
|Date Taken: 2009-08-02|
|Camera: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-08-08 0:07|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is a male Coromandel Marsh Dart(Ceriagrion coromandelianum).Its is a type of Damselfly.|
Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the aquatic insect order or group known as Odonata. They are one of the oldest inhabitants of the earth dating back to over 250 million years. They are generally found near all kinds of inland waters including ponds, rivers, streams and also marshes and swamps. Usually the presence of odonates is a good indicator of the quality of the ecosystem.
Damselflies represent the suborder Zygoptera. Damselflies have slender bodies and a weak, fluttery, hovering flight. At rest their wings are held close to the body. Also their eyes are well separated unlike dragonflies.
In case of this species the abdomen is yellow in the male and pale green in the female.
Size: Male: Abdomen: 28-30mm, Hindwing: 18-20 mm.Female: Abdomen: 29-32 mm, Hindwing: 20mm
Description:A medium sized pale green damselfly with bright yellow (male) or pale green tail(female).
Male:Eyes: Olivaceous above,pale greenish yellow below Thorax: Olive green above merging to yellow on sides.Underside is white. Legs: Yellow with black spines. Wings:Transparent. Wing spot: Golden yellow. Abdomen: Uniform yellow.
Female: Thorax: Golden brown.Abdomen: Uniformly olivaceous with an ochrous or golden brown tint on the dorsal side. Habits and Habitat: Common along the banks of ponds, rivers and canals.Also found frequently far away from water bodies. Breeding: Shallow water bodies with profuse growth of grass and other aquatic plants.
Flight season: Throughout the year.
Distribution: Throughout the Oriental region.
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Quite a good shot of this attractive damsel. Great sharpness and DOF. Good composition and OOF background.