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Notes:

There are no field guides to PNG insects or dragonflies. It'd be great if someone can ID it to genus at least. Should be similar to some Australian or Asian species.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Painted Grasshawk
http://www.anhs.com.au/dragonfly1.htm Dragonfly - Neurothemis stigmatizans


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13 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Identification should always look at range. Neurothemis terminata does not occur on the "New Guinea" dragonfly list http://www.papua-insects.nl/insect%20ord...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Ary I think the abdomen colour and pattern on yours is too different.

tibiprada
tibiprada 7 years ago

gorgeous spotting !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

It doesn't look like the extent of shading is too critical. Here's a N stigmatizans where it doesn't even reach the pterostigma.... http://www.pbase.com/wildlifeimages/imag...

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Beautiful spotting

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

That touch of pink is so unique!
It seems to be a combination of a saddlebag and blue dasher female, seen here.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Great Scott links :-)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

See my spotting of Neurothemis stigmatizans and read the note http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/693... For an on-line source that might be helpful for identifying many PNG insects, see
http://www.papua-insects.nl

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

No problems Jeff. I don't know if you use Facebook at all but there is a group for Aussie PN users you might want to connect with. I used a 'find-a-dragonfly' link from there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/39480621...
Hope you sort it the Neurothemis :-)

JeffCrocombe
JeffCrocombe 7 years ago

I also note that on this photo the dark red shading on the wing comes to halfway up the pterostigma. The photos of N. stigmatizens & ramburii show the dark shading stopping before the pterostigma. I don't know if this is significant.

JeffCrocombe
JeffCrocombe 7 years ago

Thanks for the ID suggestion Argy Bee. Apparently there is another almost identical species: Ramburi Red Parasol Neurothemis ramburii To distinguish them according to 1 site I apparently need to look to see if there is only a single crossvein in the hindwing cubital space. See http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/785... for one dragonfly IDed as N. ramburii. Some of the others ID'ed as N. ramburii have bright red abdomens. See: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/779... So I need to do more research. At least I have a genus now!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Stunning photo Jeff.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

It would be good to know what sort of area it was. Near water or dry? Sitting on plant sp.? Looks a bit like Neurothemis stigmatizans to me...

JeffCrocombe
Spotted by
JeffCrocombe

National Capital Province, Papua New Guinea

Spotted on Sep 30, 2012
Submitted on Oct 1, 2012

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