Kingdom: Animalia Linnaeus, — animals, a major group of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille, — arthropods, invertebrate animals having an exoskeleton external skeleton , a segmented body, and jointed appendages Subphylum: Hexapoda Latreille, — hexapods, arthropods having a consolidated thorax with three pairs of legs. Class: Insecta Linnaeus, — insects, hexapods having a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body head, thorax and abdomen , three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. Subclass: Pterygota Lang, — winged insects, includes insect orders that are secondarily wingless that is, insect groups whose ancestors once had wings but that have lost them as a result of subsequent evolution.
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At certain times of the year these things are everywhere. This really is the species that got me interested in odonata in the first place. There were three of them once in my back garden and I sat and watched them pick off small insects. It was amazing to watch. So common, yet so difficult to photograph well. The male The male starts off yellow and looks identical to the female.
But as it matures it becomes a powdery blue colour see below. Segments are black and the caudal appendages are white. It is easy to identify and they like to stick closely to the ground, making photography difficult. They are also extremely skittish and will often fly away at the slightest movement. Here is the male in the typical obelisk position This shot shows his white frons face. The mid-stage male Here is a sub-adult male that is half-yellow, half-blue.
It will eventually turn the same colour as the above specimen. The female The female is also extremely common and is very similar to the young male, except the anal appendages differ. The teneral female One morning at a large exposed pond in Khao Yai NP, there were literally hundreds of teneral females that had just emerged.
It was really strange as they all seemed to be females. Here is a specimen caught in a cobweb. Sorry, that was a terrible pun. It shows just how amazing they are to look at. The more gruesome side of dragonflies This female, which incidentally was resting on my hand, was munching away on a small damselfly.