Wednesday, November 21, 2012

154. Amphiallagma parvum (Selys, 1876)

Number: 154
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus:  Amphiallagma
Species:  Amphiallagma parvum
Common name(s): Little Blue
Synonyms: Enallagma parvum
Habitat: Uplands, exposed ponds
Province(s) sighted: Nam Nao National Park (Petchabun); Uplands pond nr. Khao Yai NP (Nakhorn Ratchasima)
Sightings (by me): Rare
In flight (that I have seen): June-October
Species easily confused with: None
Looking through my recent photos and 'species list' for Nam Nao NP - during my year-long project - and I was wondering why I hadn't spotted Amphiallagma parvum this year (I spotted two males back in  October 2010). I went to look at my photos of the male on this blog and then realised I hadn't even added the species. I can't believe it. I had missed a species - which, of course, was great news for me. So here are a few OK photos of a male I saw back in 2010. I have since spotted this species at Khao Yai and again recently at Nam Nao NP again.
The male
The male is tiny in size, but is instantly recogniseable due to its vivid blue colour. It really stands out among the tall reeds and grasses.

Here's the first male I ever saw at Nam Nao NP.

Unfortunately, I am yet to see the female and hope to see it one day.

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