Pied Paddy Skimmer

Pied Paddy Skimmer is a small dragonfly which is very often seen around ponds and other water bodies. Species name is Neurothemis tullia.

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Pied Paddy Skimmer - Male Immature- Neurothemis tullia
f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 500, 85mm, Nikon D7100, 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 DX

Pied Paddy Skimmer (immature male), from Thattekad Sanctuary, Kerala

For males, wings are black in color near the base, white in the middle and transparent toward the tip, Thorax and abdomen are black. Immature dragonfly has white stripe on the body.

Pied Paddy Skimmer (Female)
f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 400, 85mm, Nikon D7100, 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 DX

Female from Cheruvally, Kerala

Females have yellowish abdomen and thorax with black linings. Wings are transparent with two brown patches at the middle and tip.

They are usually slow in flight and rest on low lying twigs and leaf blades.

Family: Libellulidae (skimmers)

See also: Portfolio: Dragonflies and Damselflies


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