Size: Male: Abdomen: 21-29mm, Hind wing: 24-34mm. Female: Abdomen:19-27mm, Hind wing:24mm Description: Male: Face is redish brown changing to reddish above. Eyes:Crimson above and brown on sides. Thorax: Red with fine dull purple pruinescence. Legs: Black. Wings: Transparent with crimson venation. Base of the wings has a broad amber patch. Wing spot: Dark reddish brown. Abdomen: Crimson with a violet tinge. The base of abdomen is swollen. Female: Face is olivaceous or bright redish brown. Eyes: Purplish brown above and grey below. Thorax: Olivaceous with brown median and black lateral stripes. Legs: Dark grey with narrow yellow stripes. Wings: Transparent with brown tips. The venation is bright yellow to brown and basal amber markings are pale. Wing spot: Dark brown. Abdomen: Redish brown with median and lateral black markings. The black markings are confluent at the end of each segment and enclose a redish brown spot.
One of the common dragonflies of wetlands. The males usually perch on dry twigs, aquatic plants and over head cables. Breeding: Breeds in streams, rivers, canals, ponds and tanks. Flight season:Throughout the year. Distribution: Oriental region.