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Dark-Tipped Forest-Skimmer

Cratilla metallica

Description:

This dragonfly is recognized by its metallic blue thorax and dark blue abdomen and by its dark wing-tips. Its striking eyes are yellow (brown on top). Males are often seen perching on the same spot for a long time. This one made a very patient model.

Habitat:

Spotted on along a trail at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which holds Singapore's last remnant patches of primary rainforest.

Notes:

One of my favorite spottings from Bukit Timah as the last shot shows fellow Project Noah ranger Christiane in action. See http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/dna/organisms/det...

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7 Comments

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago
DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

I hope you do! I'll link to your spotting then.

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

I have to find the photo and post it too... ;)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Neil! Indeed the last shot shows what Project Noah is all about :-) Not often do you get such a a patient model though. But it's part of this guy's behaviour to keep coming back to same spot to perch.

naross
naross 9 years ago

A wonderful series, Daniele, and the dragonfly is beautiful. I love all the photos but last is definitely my favourite. Great DOF and colour, but the hand and camera gives it a sense of scale and shows a gentle engagement between humans and the natural world. Neil :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Nice series, especially the last shot :-)

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Apr 17, 2013
Submitted on May 5, 2013

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