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Neurothemis terminata

2 Species ID Suggestions

peter 9 years ago
Neurothemis terminata Query Results
Red Grasshawk, Common Parasol
Neurothemis fluctuans Neurothemis fluctuans 紅脈蝶蜻蛉

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38 Comments (1–25)

folicallychalled 7 years ago

Fluctuans for me - what Scott said.


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

I agree with Agnes. This dragonfly species is one of several bright red Neurothemis species in the region, one of which is Neurothemis terminata. However it does not fit the "description" of N. terminata, which is also commonly known as the "straight-edged red parasol" (that's important...and I don't know the etymology but it sounds like "terminata" may be related to this aspect). Unfortunately it is easy to find images that match this spotting that are called N. terminata. However here are some (partial) "descriptions" (of the male) of the species: "The hindwing red area is truncated abruptly near the tip of the wing so that its margin is straight and perpendicular to the wing margin." "Identify by the small hyaline area at the tips of wings. The hyaline margins are at 90 degree to the wings axis." "But the Neurothemis terminate [sic] is easier to separate from others by their wing tip pattern. Neurothemis terminate [sic] hind wing red area margin is straight and perpendicular to the wing margin." The specimen in this spotting clearly lacks this "perpendicular" character on its hind wings. Now what is it? In addition to Agnes's link for N. fluctuans, see AND

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Unbelievable image...startlingly beautiful. Great shot

Telse 8 years ago

So beautiful!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Nice spotting!

Very lovely spotting. But I think this is Neurothemis fluctuans, not N. terminata. In N. fluctuans, the pigmented area of the hindwing curves back to meet the hind margin well before the level of the pterostigma.
In N. terminata, the pigmented area of the wings are well into the level of the pterostigma or even beyond it. Regards.

ShaumingLo 9 years ago

Thanks for the compliments guys, appreciate it!

tibiprada 9 years ago

Wow... striking spotting.. love it !

MrsroadRunner 9 years ago

WOW, this is a beauty!!

Louisa 9 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!

Elizabeth Colley
Elizabeth Colley 9 years ago

Incredible - it doesn't look real. Great shot.

LoisStacey 9 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Incredible red!

ShaumingLo 9 years ago

Thanks Mayraspringmann. Mariaclara, Ryan21,IsabellaFiers, Noel Buensuceso and alicelongmartin.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago


Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Great shot!

IsabellaFiers 9 years ago

Wow, wonderful !!!

Ryan21 9 years ago

great shot, so much detail!!

Wow!!! Marvlous!!!

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Incredible! Nice color!

ShaumingLo 9 years ago

Thanks for the reminder KarenL.

KarenL 9 years ago

Hi Shauming! Now that Peter has identified this for you please can you add the scientific name in edit so this can come off of the unidentified list. Thanks!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

look at its wings, are awesome

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

it must be a plastic one

KatCuff 9 years ago


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Davao City, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 5, 2010
Submitted on Dec 5, 2011

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