Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Agriocnemis lacteola

One striking little whisp is Agriocnemis lacteola. Like its brothers A. femina and A. pygmaea (both very common) it is not a rare species, although not as common as these other little whispy things. Talk about small! At least the almost pure white A. lacteola adult male catches the eye when it flies slowly from grass stalk to grass stalk on its search for even smaller prey. The females are much harder to recognize as they shade from all pinkish to greenish and look rather different from the males. I found it at Ba Be National Park (a few) and very commonly at Van Long Nature Reserve.

Agriocnemis lacteola, male

Another male

The greenish female

And the pinkish immature female

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