Sunday, July 5, 2015

178. Onychargia priydak Kosterin, 2015

Number: 178  
Family: Coenagrionidae 
Genus: Onychargia 
Species: Onychargia priydak 
Common name(s):N/A 
Synonyms: N/A   
Habitat: Uncertain (though I saw it at an upland farmer's pond during a storm) 
Province(s) sighted: Nam Nao town (Petchabun)
Sightings (by me): Rare   
In flight (that I have seen): July   
Species easily confused with: Onychargia atrocyana

So, the day after spotting a new species at school yesterday, I managed to spot another rare species, all from the comfort of my living room ... I think I may stop looking! A species I had photographed a good few years ago has finally been separated from Onychargia atrocyana. Onychargia priydak, is a species that looks like O. atrocyana, but differs superficially and is easily distinguished by having heavy white pruinesence on the thorax instead of the usual purplish-black. It has just been described by the amazing Oleg Kosterin, who described the species from Cambodia. Anyway, it is also present in Thailand and I believe in Hong Kong as well ... so if you come across a white wisp floating around take a closer look, you never know.