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Sunday 2 September 2012

Pretty Dragonflies

Dragonflies are also in abundance in Hong Kong. To date, a total of 115 species have been recorded including two endemic species, Fukienogomphus choifongae and Leptogomphus hongkongensis. 

The colours of some common dragonflies, especially the males, are very pretty. One of my favourites is the Crimson Dropwing (Trithemis aurora). Male

The female is less colourful. Crimson Dropwing (Trithemis aurora) Female

Left, Common Red Skimmer (Orthetrum pruinosum neglectum), Male 


Crimson Darter (Crocothemis servilia), Male 

Russet Percher(Neurothemis fluctuans), Male,  

The ones that can not compete with the colours make up for it with their acrobatic skills.
Indigo Dropwing (Trithemis festiva) Male

Blue Dasher (Brachydiplax chalybea flavovittata), Male 

I found this female Blue Dasher flying around a small pond trying to lay eggs which gave me the opportunity to get rare shots of a dragonfly in-flight.


chica said...

Lindas e quanta riqueza de detalhe cada uma apresenta! abraços,chica

TexWisGirl said...

they are all SO gorgeous! love these photos. the pink is striking!

Monts said...

Beautiful Dragonfly images, it would be hard to pick a favourite as their all superb.

Joanne Olivieri said...

I am in awe of these photos. They are simply amazing. The colors and details displayed are wonderful. It takes alot of patience and talent to captures these critters. I also love all of the information on these. Well done and I love your blog.

Bas. said...

wat mooi zo,n hele serie van de libellen en zo scherp.

Unknown said...

Ephemeral beauty.. gone so quickly.. I have never seen red dragonflies.. A stunning collection!

Eko said...

Kyllä on mahtava sarja.
Kuvasit Sudenkorennot ammattitaidolla.
Katselin ja ihailin.
Syksy Terveisin Eko

Kiitos vierailusta blogissani...!

Danielle v/d Horst said...

Wat een bijzondere libellen zijn dit en prachtige kleuren bij ons zijn ze niet denk ik bedankt voor het delen groetjes Danielle

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful dragonflies, and I love the dragon flying, superb.

Jma said...

Fantastic pictures of these dragonflies. In France we have trithemis annulata and crocothemis erythraea, and somme other species !


Montanagirl said...

Gorgeous! The pink ones are just amazing to me. Love your in-flight shots - that can't have been easy to accomplish!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Thanks for comment!!!.. This is a briiliant blog.. Great shots and gorgeous pictures.. Very good insect macro.. Regards from Spain..

Marco Luijken said...

These shots are so great!! Fantastic to see their different beautiful colors.
You've got very nice poses, by some it looks like a handstand. Very funny!!

Greetings, Marco

Painted by Light said...

How beautiful I love the red one. Wat a pretty dragonfly. Greet background colours. Very nice serie of photo's. Greetings Andrea

Juliana said...

wonderful collection of pictures...
shocking close-ups!

xoxo, Juliana

Maria said...

I think your images are very sharp and detailed. I like that I can see the whole insect in focus and with good light.

Helma said...

WOW!!! What a great series of these dragonflies. Especially the red with red wings is a beautiful dragonfly. This is really class photography Friend of HK. Big compliment.

Sincerely, Helma

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

So many wonderful dragonflies. I love how they even have colour on their wings. Your photos are fantastic. I saw a dragonfly today, and expect to see many more returning as the weather warms up.

Sarppu said...

Fantastic pics :)

Magia da Inês said...

彡♡` Olá, amigo!

Elas são lindas, as asas parecem feitas de renda.

Lindo dia!
Bom fim de semana!
Brasil ♡彡.

Andrew said...

Love the flight shots. Brilliant!

Noushka said...

A truly stunning post!
Makes me feel quite... envious LOL! and willing to get on a plane to discover all these wonders!!

Gaz said...

Stunning photos, such wonderful images capturing the delicate nature of little bugs.

Gaz: Alternative Eden