Species: Indolestes birmanus
Common name(s): N/A
Thai name(s): แมลงปอเข็มปีกกึ่งกางกึ่งหุบพม่า
Habitat: Uplands ponds and ditches, often hidden deeply in the surrounding shrubbery
Provine(s) sighted: Phu Kradeung NP (Loei)
Sightings (by me): Fairly common at Phu Kradueng
In flight (from what I have seen): October-December
Species easily confused with: Lestes elatus
A rare and difficult-to-spot damselfly I saw at Phu Kradueng this December was Indolestes birmanus. I saw just one female the first time I visited last October and just thought it was an immature L. elatus or similar until it was ID'd by Noppadon Makbun.
Smaller than the Lestes genus, it also has its wings together like most damselflies. However, I did notice that all the specimens I saw, the wings did fall down to one side of the abdomen. Something I've not noticed with other species. The colour is quite dull, making them hard to spot. The markings on the thorax seem to have a slight metallic green sheen to them and the end segments are white.
Close up early in the morning
Male in the hand
Very similar to the male, but slightly more robust and not as easily frightened. The females stayed a distance from the water's edge.