But I found what I came for, Rhinocypha chaoi. One of the prettiest damsels I have seen (and I have seen many). In May I had an immature male, but really wanted to see the adult. In the end I saw 5 males and a female.
While searching for them I noticed a smallish Macromia that flew a few round over the stream and then went up into a tree, where it hung from a leaf. I could just catch it and I was thrilled to see it was M. urania. But then I noticed the face was reddish, and thus it was M. septima! Only the second time I see this species and the second female. The males must be out there!
|Male Rhinocypha chaoi. This species is so beautiful, it is unreal.|
|In dorsal view the abdomen is particularly striking. When it flies about you see azure specks dance over the water surface.|
|The female up in a tree having a snack.|
|Female Macromia septima. Note the amber wing-patches and the antehumeral surrounded by red (see also below)|
|Note the reddish lower half of the dorsal side of the thorax and the reddish face|