Dragonflies of the Philippines

North Luzon

Close up of the Ground Skimmer (Diplacodes trivialis)

It's been a long time since I made a post so I thought I would start off where I finished and that's with our friends the dragonflies......
I've been travelling around the Philippines of late and in North Luzon in particular, a beautiful part of the country with some superb wildlife, scenery and climate. It did'nt take long before my wanderings took me up hill and down dale as they say to mountainous regions infested with many beautiful species of the odonata order of insects such as this beauty, Neurothemis terminata.

Neurothemis terminata - Male

This happened to be a remarkable chance meeting one day as I was trekking up a river into a mountain range. It took a great deal of patience to capture a shot of this magnificent creature as it was so skittish. They are known to be like this and so it was of little surprise he would literally run rings around me. Eventually though I did manage to get close enough, not through perseverance but rather with the help of the female that was in close proximity to him at this stage. It was a shame that I missed the actual mating but after the female oviposited her eggs it was time for her to rest in the same spot has the male had done early.

Neurothemis terminata - Female

I must admit these tropical species of dragonfly are all new to me so I am having some trouble identifying them, if any body out there notices a mistake with my i.d. feel free to leave a comment and for those that are unidentified likewise.

Diplacodes trivialis

Diplacodes trivialis as seen above is commonly known as the Ground Skimmer, Chalky Percher or Blue Percher due to its habit of perching on the ground and rarely flying above 1m. The male has a blue to blue-grey body with black on the tail, eyes are blue; female is greenish with black markings on the tail, eyes are green with red. They are known to breed in muddy puddles, tanks and pond edges.

Tetrathemis platyptera - female

Tetrathemis platyptera (or at least that's the closest I can get to identification!) spotted in the heart of the jungle as we ventured forth toward some waterfalls, was hawking along the river.


Brachythemis contaminata (Female)

These dragonflies barely seem to rest, they are almost always on the wing or at least as far as I can make out. Flying backwards and forwards in a hypnotic fashion over an area of a few square metres which they seem to have picked to be their hunting ground. This shot of the female was a lucky grab as she rested on the banks of a lake.


Orthetrum sabina - Slender Skimmer 

I could be wildly mistaken about the i.d. of this dragonfly but what the hell, I'm gonna stick my neck on the chopping block and hope (if it's wrong) someone can come back at me with the correct species.
A very patient dragonfly is this one, quite tame and likes to pose for the pictures, not at all skittish or afraid of us humans.



Orthetrum sabina also known as Green Marsh Hawk

The following species I have no idea as of yet what it could be but what I do know is compared to some of the beautiful and cute faces of others I have reviewed today this one does look a bit nasty, maybe it was sick of me doing my routine dragon chasing maneuvers around his little pond!

Orthetrum albistylum speciosum

Aerial View - Orthetrum albistylum speciosum

Must thank C.Y Choong of http://odonata-malaysia.blogspot.com/

Dragonchaser of http://dragonsndamsels.blogspot.com/

and Anthony Quek of http://sayhitoant.blogspot.com/ (Nature Photography - Singapore Odonata).

Sources of invaluable information about a multitude of different Odonata species.

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