Neurothemis tullia

Common Name:
Pied Paddy Skimmer
N. tullia
Species Description
Neurothemis is a genus of dragonflies in the family Libellulidae. Most Neurothemis species are red in color.

Neurothemis tullia (Drury, 1773), the Pied Paddy Skimmer, is a species of dragonfly found in south and south-east Asia. It appears in Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia), Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The species is fairly common, with a black body and black and white wings with transparent tips.

Male is sized in abdomen 16-20mm, hind wing 19-23mm. The face is black and the eyes are blackish brown above, vialaceous below. Thorax is black with middorsal cream stripe. Legs are black. Basal half  of the wings is opaque blue black which is bordered by a milky white patch towards the tip. The wing tips are transparent. Wing spot is dull brown. Abdomen is black with a broad middorsal creamy white stripe on the upperside.

Femaleis sized in abdomen 16-19mm, hind wing 20-23mm. The female differs significantly from the male in body markings and colouration. The face is olivaceous yellow. Eyes are pale brown above, which fade to pale olivaceous towards the sides and below. Thorax is greenish yellow with a bright yellow mid dorsal stripe. This stripe is broadly bordered with blackish brown throughout. The outer surface of legs is yellow and the inner surface is black. Base of the wings bright amber yellow. Front edge of the wing is blackish brown, broadening into a very large blackish brown spot. This spot extend to the rear edge of the wing. In hindwings this spot is irregular or sickle shaped. Tips of all wings are broadly blackish brown. Wing spot is dull brown. Abdomen is bright yellow with a broad black band above. Underside is black.

It is conspicuous species of ponds, marshes and paddy fields. Flight is slow and weak. Usually perches on twigs, aquatic weeds and other plants. This species is very common along irrigation canals in paddy fields. Breeds in marshes and ponds. Found throughout the year. However, peak abundance is during July-September months. 

Neurothemis tullia is an extremely widespread and common species, occurring throughout mainland tropical and subtropical Asia, Hong Kong, Hainan and Sri Lanka. IUCN Red List accessed as Least Concern. 

Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India




The Species on Stamps
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