Friday, May 14, 2010

Diplacodes trivialis

I remember a few years ago when I started to get involved in Odonata, I spotted smaller size of Orthetrum sabina. I was so naive to ask myself why the size of O. sabina varied so much. It took me a coupld of months to tell that it was not O. sabina. It was a female of Diplacodes trivialis. Yes, the marking of female and the young adult male of D. trivialis resemble O. sabina. Nevertheless, the matured male adult of D. trivialis is in blue. Diplacodes trivialis is normally found at open marshes.

an almost matured male adult

a half matured male adult

a female adult