|Neurothemis is a genus of dragonflies
in the family Libellulidae. Most Neurothemis species are red in color.
Neurothemis fulvia (Drury, 1773),
the Fulvous Forest Skimmer, is a medium sized rusty coloured dragonfly
with transparent wing tips.
Male is sized in abdomen 21-26mm,
hind wing 27-32mm. Face is reddish brown. Eyes are dark reddish brown above,
golden brown below. Thorax is reddish brown. Legs are dark reddish brown.
Wings are opaque dark reddish brown with an irregular triangular transparent
area at the tip of the wing. Wing spot is dark reddish brown. Abdomen is
Female is sized in abdomen 20-24mm,
hind wing 26-32mm. Many forms of females are found. Colour of head, thorax
and abdomen paler than males or rusty brown. Wings are clear
amber yellow with a dark ray extending
to the tip in fore wing.
This species breeds in weedy ponds,
reservoirs and marshes, and in agricultural or open fields, and occupies
a broad altitudinal range. Usually perches on fallen logs and shrubs. A
large number of them can be found together in canopy gaps and forest edges.
Found throughout the year. However, large number can be seen between May-September.
Neurothemis fulvia is widely distributed
from India to China and south to Sumatra. IUCN Red List accessed as Least
Concern. It is a widely distributed and common species that thrives in
Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies
and Damselflies of Peninsular India