Scarlet Dwarf (Nannophya pygmaea

Also known as the Northern Pygmyfly or the “Tiny Dragonfly”, N.pygmaea is a small species of Libellulid dragonfly that ranges from Southeast Asia to China and Japan, it also occurs in parts of Australia. The scarlet dwarf is one of the smallest species of dragonfly that is known to science with a wingspan of only 20mm. Scarlet dwarves typically inhabit grassy swamps and other wet areas and are active at noon. Like some other odonates they typically assume a handstand-like position, this prevents them from overheating on hot days as they receive less radiation.



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Crimson-tailed Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum pruinosum)

….a species of skimmer (Libellulidae) which is widely distributed throughout parts of Asia. Occurring from west India to Japan south through Java and the Sunda Islands. Like other dragonflies, crimson-tailed marsh hawks are active predators, catching a wide range of insects in flight. 


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Image: Jeevan Jose