Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Gomphidia kruegeri

This simply enormous gomphid listens to the ultimate gomphid name, Gomphidia. I encountered it on July 23 at Ba Be National Park, but apparently it is rather common. It inhabits larger rapid streams in more open terrain. I am sure it strikes a deep fear in other Odonates. This particular individual had just caught a Vestalis gracilis when it was unlucky enough to be caught itself.

Gomphidia kruegeri, male

A beautiful machine, with a clear weight 

The appendages in lateral view

And secondary genitalia in lateral view

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