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Red Swampdragon

Agrionoptera insignis insignis

Description:

ID updated Aug 16, 2015 from Lathrecista asiatica asiatica, the Asiatic Blood Tail to Agrionoptera insignis insignis, the Red Swampdragon or Grenadier. A. i. insignis (Rambur, 1842) occurs in mainland Southeast Asia and throughout Sundaland. Thanks to Dr. Reagan Joseph T. Villanueva, Philippine odonata expert, for the ID correction. http://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/dna/organisms/d... This species is distinguished from the rather similar Lathrecista asiatica by its smaller size, colour pattern of thorax and shape of the abdomen. In males, the hindwing is 28–30 mm in length and the total body length ranges from 37–41 mm. The eyes are yellow (brown on top). The thorax has mottled yellow markings, irregular in outline, on a dark metallic green background. As the dragonfly ages, the yellow marks on the thorax darken and merge into the dark background. The abdomen is thin and largely red above, swollen slightly at its base. The last two segments of the abdomen is black. The abdomen of the female is similarly shaped but slightly thicker and duller in colour.

Habitat:

Along the banks of the Molawin River at the Makiling Botanic Gardens, a forest park of the Mt. Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (adjacent or within the UPLB-College of Forestry and Natural Resources), University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna.

Notes:

IUCN Red List Category Status: Least Concern, http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/16729.... A. i. insignis occurs in mainland southeast Asia and throughout Sundaland

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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 7, 2015
Submitted on Mar 11, 2015

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