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Green Marsh Hawk

Orthetrum sabina


Male: Abdomen: 30-36mm, Hind wing: 30-36mm. Female: Abdomen: 32-35mm, Hind wing: 31-35mm. Description: Male: Face is yellowish green. Eyes: Green mottled with black. Thorax: Greenish yellow with black tiger like stripes. Legs: Black; inner side of anterior femora is yellow. Wings: Transparent; inner edge of hindwing tinted with yellow. Wing spot: Black with reddish brown spot. Abdomen: The segments 1-3 are green with broad black rings and distinctly swollen at the base. Female: Is very similar to the male.


A common dragonfly of gardens and fields. This dragonfly perches motionless on shrubs and dry twigs for a long time. Hawks eat flying insects such as flies, small butterflies and dragonflies. This species can be seen far away from water and occassionally enters houses at night attracted by the light.


Diplacodes trivialis - Dragonflies and mayflies are ancient groups of insects, which amongst others, were the first to develop wings and venture into air. Dragonflies mastered the art of flying and continue to be the masters aerobats.

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Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jun 11, 2009
Submitted on Nov 9, 2011

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