Family : Chlorocyphidae
Common Name : Golden Gem
Status : Rare
Location : Lower Pierce Reservior
According to the The Singapore Dragonflies Book, this Golden Gem has only been recorded at Mandai forest stream. The male has a similar thorax of Libellago Hyalina but it can be easier distinuished with its golden-yellow markings on the first 5-6 abdominal segments and black colour from segment 7-10. The female is said to be bigger with greyish & dark marking on its thorax and abdomen.
The above damselfly was spotted perching on a dry twig near the edge of Lower Peirce Reservior. From afar, based on at its colour and size, it looked like a female L. Hyalina to me. But when I moved closer, I got the feeling that it could be a juvenile male L. Hyalina. It was quite cooperative acutally but I could photograph only 3 shots due to my carelessness. My tripod touched the twig accidentally when I moved closer causing it to shake violently. It flew away and disappeared into nowhere! I searched high and low for the next 20 mins or so but I could not locate it.
I seek Mr Tang’s advice on its id and he told me that this could be a juvenile male, L. Lineata. It doesn’t quite look like what was described above as its colours have not fully developed yet. A great find accordingly to him as it means that this species can be found elsewhere other than in Mandai forest. He asked me for the exact location which I obliged as he wanted to study this species further. I shall visit this place again with the hope of shooting the adult species soon.
Afternote : I revisited this morning and was rewarded with this shot below. The striking yellowish orange colour of this beautiful damselfly is particularly attractive to me.