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Ramburi red parasol

Neurothemis ramburii


Occurs from mainland Asia to New Guinea where it is widespread and often abundant at standing, unshaded waters. Neurothemis ramburii papuensis is the subspecies recorded for Papua on


Spotted along village fence row bordering overgrown lot. Surrounding habitat is thin strip of disturbed coastal freshwater swamp & sago swamp forest paralleling ocean beach.


Based on confirmation of the species for spottings and by a Papua dragonfly expert, I am also calling this spotting Neurothemis ramburii. This specimen looks transitional between red and yellow forms (immature?).

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks venus

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

you have a lovely spotting collection, scott

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

magnificent creature

yeah the Ramburi red parasol makes some sense considering the positioning of the red part of its wings..

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Is this same like your spotting..?
I felt wings shape and tail are similar...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Ashish, in the two photos you have just referred there is a big difference between the position of the pterostigma ( yet they are supposedly both for the same species. Please see my detailed comment above. I have ID'ed this on the basis of the position of the pterostigma, as per correspondence with an expert on Papua dragonflies. I am reconfirming that this character also apples to females.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

It interesting matching my suggestion...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

I thought its female... but wings are Male type Maroon...(changed comment)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

I have seen pure yellow/gold females, so this is either a female or an immature male...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

OK, my reticence in hastily ID'ing this has paid off. I'm calling it a Ramburi red parasol, Neurothemis ramburii.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks everyone. I raised the possibility of it being a painted grasshawk (Neurothemis stigmatizans) in my first comment above. In fact I have 3 spottings already identified as such, one of which was ID'ed by a Papua dragonfly expert. Because I am conservative, at least in species IDs ;-) I have a number of other red dragonfly spottings that I have not named yet, as this species (but maybe they are). Notwithstanding the pbase image Ashish, the current spotting (and my red dragonflies not yet named) has a sight difference from the one that has been identified as N. stigmatizans: . I am hesitant to call the specimen above a painted grasshawk even though it looks like it because the pterostigma (mark at edge of wing) on this spotting is separated from the red part of the wings. Compare to the link just provided where it actually is partly within the red part. I am not enough of a dragonfly expert to know if this is important (diagnostic) or not. Can anyone tell me if this difference matters? I hope it does not and that this and the others are N. stigmatizans! In the meantime I will bother the expert again. (It's been a while ;-)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Thanks Cherrey...

haha you can never go wrong with Ashish :-) he's our guy!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Actually Scott already posted it...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Its Painted Grasshawk Skimmer

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

What a beauty! Congrats on this amazing, fantastic find. :)

Putra Ramadhan
Putra Ramadhan 9 years ago

nice one

yeah you're right and for this one, the transparency goes out to the lower part of its outer wings..

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Hi Cherrey. I have a spotting of your suggested species here . If you notice, the transparent part of the wings is much wider on that specimen. That's why I think this specimen is a different species. I do not know if it is an immature Neurothemis stigmatizans, which is another red species here.

Scott Frazier
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Spotted on Aug 19, 2011
Submitted on Nov 21, 2011

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