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Asian Amberwing ♂

Brachythemis contaminata


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.


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.


IUCN Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern - Related spotting -

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Laguna, Philippines

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

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