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Black Torrent Dart

Dysphaea ethela


A black & yellow damselfly. Eyes and thorax and legs were black/grayish black. Wings were transparent and amber coloured. Abdomen was black with yellow rings at the end of segments.


I had seen this in a water body, sitting on a fallen dried branch of tree during our trip to Coorg, Karnataka in India. Fast flowing hill streams in forested area from 300-1000m are its main habitat. Males perch on favourite perches on overhanging vegetation or mid-stream boulders, occasionally patrolling their territory. Females reclusive and perch high among vegetation and is almost never seen. This damselfly usually sits in the middle of streams on boulders or emergent twigs. If disturbed flies high up to riparian trees. Dysphaea ethela is known from Karnataka and Kerala in India.


At one time it appears to have been at least moderately common on rivers in Karnataka and Kerala in India. But there has been a lack of expert sampling since the 1930s. So, without reliable fresh data it is now Data Deficient. There is an urgent need for fresh data on this species.

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1 Comment

SukanyaDatta 5 months ago

Welcome back, Pampa. Good to see you here again.

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Madikeri, Karnataka, India

Spotted on Mar 19, 2013
Submitted on Dec 30, 2020

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