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Travancore Bambootail

Esme mudiensis

Description:

A medium sized azure blue and black damselfly with metallic blue-black markings on face. Male: Face: Black and azure blue. Labrum is metallic blue-black without any blue markings. Eyes: Azure blue with blackish brown cap. Thorax: Glossy black with dorsal and lateral azure blue stripes and ventro-lateral side is pale azure blue. Legs: Black with basal segments azure blue. Wings: Transparent. Wing spot: Black. Abdomen: Black with azure blue markings. An azure blue ring encircles the first segment and second has lateral comma shaped markings. The segments 3-6 have tiny paired basal segments, 7th segment is black and 8-10th segments are azure blue with a black ventrolateral border. Female: Is similar to male but less brightly coloured. The eighth and ninth have three dorsal azure spots and a triangular spot respectively.

Habitat:

This damselfly is usually found in streams perched on riparian vegetation.

Notes:

Spotted from Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Noble P John
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Noble P John

Kerala, India

Spotted on Jan 29, 2020
Submitted on Mar 8, 2020

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