Dragonflies of the Philippines

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Dragonflies beautiful Philippines species

This article reveals some stunning close-up Macro shots of The Philippines Dragonflies
blue percher dragonflies macro photo
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 dragonflies macro photo
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 dragonflies macro photo
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.

blue percher dragonflies macro photo
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
Big Thanks to
C.Y Choong of Odonata Malaysia

Dragonchaser of Dragons and Damsels

Anthony Quek of Dragonflies & Damselflies of Singapore

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

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5 Responses

  1. Gary O'Connor

    Hey dude,

    Thought I'd already commented on these, obviously not. Great shots, love em.
    Where in the world are ya mate?
    Sorry it's been a while on both blog updates and email. have started a tumblr blog for my more 'specialist' pics. http://www.stuffpiles.tumblr.com
    Don't bother unless you're on a decent connection.
    Take care fella.
    Keep them pics coming.

  2. RW

    nice dragonflies collection

  3. Gary O'Connor

    Very nice, welcome back to the blogosphere. Some amazing shots here…. the detail is stunning.
    Glad you're enjoying life up in the Philippines.
    Looks and sounds great.

  4. Senad R

    I'm glad you are back!
    Nice shots as always.

  5. Noushka

    Don't tell me I impress you with my Thrithemis annulata!!
    what a laugh, after what I admired on this post! LOL!
    Unfortunately I can't help with you with Asian dragonflies, but you are sooooo lucky to see those!
    Well done!

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