|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. .