photos coming soon
Female Neurothemis fulvia
By sheer chance I saw an Anglo-child running around in a 7-11 in Chiang Mai that I recognized from a train ride I had taken a few weeks earlier in Chumphon. I waited around outside and saw his hippie (no offense) mother and started talking to her. Her name was literally Nym.
She told me she lived in northern Thailand off of the land with some other people of similar beliefs. She said there were snakes and spiders and bugs and fruit growing wild everywhere. I told her that sounded 'something' awesome and she invited me and some other friends to come.
We sat in the back of a truck carrying supplies to a small village on the ride up. The scenery was amazing and when we got there it was like a paradise (minus a few of the residents and tasks like shoveling human feces for fertilizer).
Maybe I will write a journal on it; it was an extremely worthwhile experience though also very uncomfortable and frustrating.
Anyway...marvelous wings. The male is a crimson-ish color. They also have a cool style of resting their wings sometimes which is shown in the second photo.
Male Orthetrum chrysis
Penang Botanical Gardens was an extremely nice park. There was still water and some small streams and riffles where I saw some Neurobasis sp.
The grounds were in excellent condition. There were also monkeys of some sort running around and an amazing variety of plants. I think we spent a few hours there but I could've easily spent the entire day if I was alone.
Female Erythemis simplicicollis devouring male Perithemis tenera
In a way I feel like this was my fault. I was moving in on the amberwing to get a better view and he floated up and flew to move to a new perch...and while doing that the pondhawk seized the opportunity.
She darted in and snagged him, taking him to the top of a dead reed to consume him face first.
I got shots from different angles, even switched lenses while moving around; she didn't mind me as she was preoccupied eating. As you can see from the progression she ate the entire dragonfly (minus wings).
I never mean to influence the chain like that (though I guess we are always influencing some way) and it is slightly frustrating to see such an immediate and drastic effect.
However, I guess instead of taking him and immersing him in a jar of acetone he has become energy for a different dragonfly and we can watch part of that process and glean some insights.
The skimmers or perchers and their relatives form the Libellulidae, the largest dragonfly family in the world. It is sometimes considered to contain the Corduliidae as the subfamily Corduliinae and the Macromiidae as the subfamily Macromiinae. Even if these are excluded (as Silsby does), there still remains a family of over 1000 species. With nearly worldwide distribution, these are almost certainly the most often seen of all dragonflies.