12 January 2019
The Ground Skimmer: Sri Lanka
I was visiting Pannala in North Western Sri Lanka. One morning I captured this beautiful dragonfly which was hovering near the ground level and time to time lands on grass or small plants.

It was really difficult catching them on camera as they move really fast in a very unpredictable manner. However, I waited patiently there until I capture this one.

Usually when I capture a dragonfly or any species next interesting thing is to identify that particular species. (this gets very exciting to me as I don’t have a background in studying animals rather than a finance background!!). After some research, I figured out this one is one of the most common dragonflies found in our region, called Ground Skimmer or sometimes called Chalky Percher. It belongs to the family Libellulidae which is the largest dragonfly family in the world. There is more than 40 known skimmers or Libellulidae found in Sri Lanka. Scientifically, the Ground Skimmer is named “Diplacodes Trivialis”.

I’m guessing this one is a young female and seems like slowly reaching adulthood. Adults in this category usually develop pruinescence and turns more blueish. This one is slowly developing pruinescence.

I think that’s it for this write up and if you are keen to understand more about this species you can refer below links.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplacodes_trivialis http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/167372/0

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22 January 2019
Sri Lankan Damselflies: The Yellow Waxtail
Since of late I developed a great deal of interest to dragonflies and damselflies of Sri Lanka.

However, as I mentioned in my earlier post (hyperlink to it) I grew up at a time when they were commonly seen around our neighborhood and hence we were not particularly interested in them.

At present, living in Colombo the main commercial district, it is not easy to spot them everyday. This little fellow was spotted near Madiwela in Sri Lanka.

Known scientifically as the “Ceriagrion coromandelianum” this damselfly is a beautiful creature. Well, the name seems to be so complex as do the species are. However, its common name would be Yellow Waxtail or alternatively Coromandel Marsh Dart.

They are actually not a rare species and commonly found in ponds, where they breed, ditches, rice fields and mangroves in South Asia.

Talking about Damselflies, it is understood that around 64 damselfly species are found in Sri Lanka.

This one I captured is a male damselfly. Males have bright yellow tail while the females have pale green tail.

Follow this link for more details please.

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That’s it for now. Thanks for reading.