Monday, February 28, 2011

38. Coeliccia chromothorax (Selys, 1891)

Number: 38
Family: Platycnemididae
Genus: Coeliccia
Species: Coeliccia chromothorax
Common name(s): N/A
Thai name(s): แมลงปอเข็มท้องยาวอกเหลือง, แมลงปอเข็มท้องยาวสันหลังเหลือง
Habitat: Upland forested streams
Province(s) sighted: Nam Nao NP (Petchabun);  Phu Rua NP (Loei); Widespread (Chiang Mai).
Sightings (by me): Fairly common
In flight (that I know of): March-October

The fifth damselfly from the Coeliccia genus I have added to my blog, is Coeliccia chromothorax. This was the 2nd Coeliccia species I ever saw and again it was at Nam Nao National Park in October 2008.

The male
The male is easy to spot as it not only has striking yellow/orange and black colouration to the thorax and abdomen, it also likes to perch on branches and leaves in the sunshine. 

Male, in the hand ... and playing dead. Something I have seen a lot with this genus. He flew away unharmed moments later.

The female
The female is much more difficult to identify as it is similar to other females from the Coeliccia genus. The adult female has two separate white marks on the end segments of the abdomen and is also seen close to the male, but often in darker areas.

If you visit Nam Nao National Park you are sure to see this species if you walk along the river near the headquarters.

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