Family : Libellulidae Common Name : Variegated Green Skimmer Status : Common Location : West Coast Park, Chinese Gardens, Jurong Woods II, Toa Payoh Town Gardens.
A relatively large dragonfly species. Quite commonly found near ponds. I have seen them at many locations such as Chinese Gardens, West Coast Park, Jurong Woods II, Toa Payoh Town Gardens, etc. The appearance of the male and female is almost identical. They are usually quite skittish and not easy to photograph.
Family : Libellulidae
Common name : Yellow-Barred Flutterer
Status : Common
Location : Holland Woods, Chinese Gardens, Jurong Woods II, Kranji Nature Trail, Chestnut Ave, Lornie Trail
This is a common dragonfly species and is easily recognisable by it back and yellow markings on its wings. A beautiful dragonfly that prefers to perch on very thin leaves or stems making it quite difficult to photograph as a slight breeze would cause the perch to swing resulting in motion blur.
Family : Coenagrionidae Common Name : Ornate Coraltail or Bi-coloured Damsel Status : Very Common Location : Singapore Botanical Gardens, Holland Woods, Wild Wild West, Jurong Woods, Kranji Nature Trail, etc.
(Venus Drive, 16 Sep 2009)
This beautiful damselfly is the most common species in Singapore. They can be easily found in many of our parks particularly around ponds, drains, canal, open streams, etc. They could also be found in our forested areas.
(Singapore Botanical Gardens, 29 Oct 2008)
They are relatively big in size and I have seen them, on a few occasions, attacking and feeding on other species of smaller damselflies. Both sexes have similar appearance except that the female has slightly darker marking.
Being common and having a colourful body, they are also the most photographed species. They are quite approachable and get a close-up shot is fairly easy.
Family : Coenagrionidae Common Name : Blue Sprite Status : Common Location : Singapore Botanical Gardens, Chinese Gardens, Lornie Trail
(Male – Lornie Trail, 23 Aug 2010)
This blue sprite damselfly is a beautiful species which is commonly found in ponds and open streams. The male is characterised by an overall bright light blue colour with black stripes on its thorax. The female is light brown with obscure greenish markings. The males are more commonly seen than the females.
(Female – Dairy Farm Nature Park, 25 Apr 2010)
Surprisingly, despite such a common and attractive species, I don’t see many of us photographing it. The reasons could be that they are not an easy species to approach and their habits of perching very lowly in the streams making it difficult to shoot. I personally have seen them many times in Singapore Botanical Gardens and Jurong lakes but have ignored them until recently when I decided to make an effort to shoot it when I spotted many of them in a small stream at Venus Drive. I was lucky to find a mating pair but didn’t have a good shot as the ground and lighting conditions were not ideal.
(Mating pair – Venus Drive, 13 Feb 2009)
(Male closeup – Venus Drive, 13 Feb 2009)
My recent sighting of this species was at Lornie Trail where there are plenty of them. I was fortunate to capture a mating pair at the edge of the nearby reservior.