Ceriagrion cerinorubellum

 
Common Name:
Bi-coloured Damsel, Orange-tailed Marsh Dart, Ornate Coraltail
Odonata
Order:
Odonata
Suborder:
Zygoptera
Family:
Coenagrionidae
Genus:
Ceriagrion
Species:
C. cerinorubellum
Species Description
Ceriagrion cerinorubellum (Brauer, 1865) is a species of damselfly in the family Coenagrionidae. It's commonly known as the bi-coloured damsel, In India, it is commonly known as the orange-tailed marsh dart. They can be found in many parks particularly around ponds, drains, canal, open streams, etc. Bi-coloured damsels rest on dry twigs and vegetation over water. They're relatively big damselflies in size. They attack and feed on other species of smaller damselflies. Its bluish green head and orange base and the tip of the abdomen is quite distinctive and cannot be mistaken for other species. The female has a similar appearance but has slightly a little darker marking. They are quite to approach and getting a close-up shot is fairly easy. 

In the males of this beautiful damselfly, the hindwing is 17 to 18 mm in length and the total body length ranges from 35 to 38 mm. The male has a pale bluish-green head and thorax. The first two and last three abdominal segments are variable orange-red, the intermediate ones being dark on the dorsum. The female is similiar but is a little paler.

This species breeds in a wide variety of standing water habitats, from drains in town and cities to marshes and swamp forest, and even the landward margins of mangrove swamp. It is active from October to January. 

This species can be found in Asia, mainly Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Ceriagrion cerinorubellum is a widespread species that breeds in a wide range of habitats and is highly tolerant of disturbance. It is assessed by IUCN Red List as Least Concern. .
 
 
 
 

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceriagrion_cerinorubellum
http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/dna/organisms/details/688
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/167444/0
 
 

The Species on Stamps
Singapore
1985.04.24
Malaysia
2000.11.25
Singapore
2011.04.13

 

 


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