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Asian Amberwing ♂

Brachythemis contaminata

Description:

Brachythemis contaminata Fabricius 1793 (Libellulidae). The males look really good with orange coloration to their wings, their thorax and abdomen changing color slightly as they age, from light brown to a more deep orange. The females are very similar to the males, but with colorless wings, thorax and abdomen are yellow/brown. The females become darker brown as they age. It's common names are Ditch Jewel, Asian Groundling, Asian Amberwing, Orange Skimmer, Common Amberwing.

Habitat:

Seen at the start of the Makiling Trail at Mount Makiling Forest Reserve in Los Baños, Laguna. It is a widespread species that thrives in open and disturbed habitats, extending from India to Japan and south into Indonesia. Philippines is in its native range.

Notes:

IUCN Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/16736.... Related spotting - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/385....

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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 28, 2015
Submitted on Jan 8, 2016

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