YELLOW-BARRED FLUTTERER MATING

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“While exploring a local lotus pond in September 2014, I was delighted by the diversity of dragonfly inhabitants, including the Yellow-barred Flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis, family Libellulidae). When not floating and flying around, they would perch briefly on the lotus plants (above).

“Video clips of these dragonflies at home and at ease in their pond habitat may be previewed below:

“Although this is a rather common and widespread species, we rarely get a chance to witness their mating moments. On the 19th and 20th September 2014, I was privileged to have fleeting glimpses of their brief union (below). Their transient coupling only lasted for less than ten seconds, after which they detached and the female began to oviposit.

“Video clip of the dragonflies mating may be previewed below.”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
21st October 2014

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