Monday, 14 October 2013

Pseudothemis zonata

Another striking Libellulid is Pseudothemis zonata, the Pied Skimmer. It is a very common species of ponds and lakes, but disappears at the end of the summer (presumably to reappear in spring). My last sighting was August 27, whereas before that it was common even in Hanoi. It has a great tolerance for crap (literally), possibly only surpassed by the tolerance of Brachythemis contaminata for pollution. But it is a nice species, so let's be grateful. In the south it is replaced by P. jorina, but op north zonata is the common representative of the genus. The female is striking as well, but different, with a pronounced yellow and black pattern.
Marvelous Pseudothemis zonata, male

And the equally marvelous Pseudothemis zonata, female

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