Capung (Indonesian language)
Sensibur (Dayak language)
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Arthropoda
Class - Insecta
Order - Odonata
Family - Libellulidae
Genus - Urothemis
Species - Urothemis signata
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Distribution: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia (Kalimantan, Papua, Sumatera), Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak), Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Province of China, Thailand, Viet Nam
Ecology: The greater crimson glider is widespread in Southeast Asia. It is a common dragonfly that lives near ponds and rivers where they also breed. Like other dragonflies, they feed on insects.
Habitat: Found in marshes, weedy ponds, paddy fields and lakes. I spotted this one on the shore of the Arut river, in the interior of Indonesian Borneo.
Morphology: Body measurements range from 42 to 45 mm and with a wingspan of 35 mm. The species is recognizable from its distinctive golden brown stains at the base of the hind wings. It also has two spots at the base of its abdomen. Another characteristic of the greater crimson glider is the colour of the veins in the wings. The top veins are black with pink tips.
Interesting Facts: The specimen on the picture is a male, recognizable from its deep magenta colour. The female Urothemis signata is more of a yellowish brown.
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