DRAGONFLIES are generally difficult to photograph because these insects
have very good eyesight that can detect even the slightest movement. It's just not easy to sneak
up on them. Like dragonflies, damselflies belong to the insect order Odonata.
These are some of the species that I have managed to capture on film. Unfortunately, I'm
not able to provide the names for all the species shown here. Where names are given,
these species have been identified for me from my colour slides by a dragonfly
enthusiast. This is not the best way to identify species. If you find any mistakes
here, please let me know so that I can put things right. You can either
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Neurothemis fluctuans is a common yet beautiful species of dragonfly.
It may be found at the forest fringe, in secondary vegetation and other localities near water.
I photographed this specimen in the Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden one late afternoon many years
Neurothemis fluctuans... this is a more recent photograph taken in a sort of a green haven inside
a university campus. Though its a common species, I have not seen it in
villages and rural areas. It seems to prefer relatively undisturbed localities at
the forest fringe or secondary vegetation.
dragonfly can usually be seen in localities where Neurothemis fluctuans is
found. Could it be the female of this species? Although it has a different colour, this
is a possibility as most dragonflies exhibit sexual dimorphism.
There was a time when I was younger and my eyesight was better. There was a time
when I was adventurous enough to try shooting against the light.
backlighted shot of a dragonfly was taken one afternoon in April 1984. I believe
I had used a small flash for fill-in.
Its usually impossible to get this close to a dragonfly (in the tropics where they
are active). Persistence eventually paid off,
and I got this
close-up shot after repeated attempts. The dragonfly flew away each time I approached
it, but eventually accepted my presence.
Trithemis aurora is a beautiful dragonfly of medium size with a pink
body and deep red veins. This specimen was photographed perched over a man-made
pond at the fringe of a forest not far from Kuala Lumpur city.
Ictinogomphus decoratus is a large dragonfly with a wingspan that can
reach up to 13-15cm. It has a swift flight. When large specimens fly over
a pond hawking for prey, you could almost hear their wings rustling in flight.
This species is found at the forest edge.
Neurothemis tulia spots an unusual colour combination for a dragonfly...
a black body and black wings edged with white. The wing tips are transparent.
I dont know if this species is rare (or uncommon) but so far I have seen it only
once. Ill keep looking.