Monday, April 22, 2013

The Green Dragontail, Lamproptera meges virescens (Butler)

Habitat indicator
RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
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I took this video with my Nikon Coolpix E4300 back in June 2005 when I was back for my summer holidays in Malaysia. This video demonstrates the beauty of this tiny but rare insect that has fascinated me in my childhood -its vibrating long tails made the most striking appearance especially in flight as it resembles an unusual dragonfly fitted with the flouncy frills of a flamenco danser.

Video taken on 29 June 2005 12:08 pm.

Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2013
Mac
Apr
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Oct

S1
S1
S1





2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
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S1S1S2HS1S2S1S2


2014
2015
Nov
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Feb
Mac
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S1S2
S1S2
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1(H)





S3
2016
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S1

S1
S1








2017
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S1 










2018
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A still photo of the same subject

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Another species of dragontail: The White Dragontail, Lamproptera curius curius (Fabricius). Unlike the Green Dragontail which has a "green" discal band on its hindwings, the White Dragontail's is well, white and is generally smaller in size...

This is a more recent photo of the L. curius taken on 28 April 2013 @ 11:44 am.

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29 May 2013 @ 12:23

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It was said that this insect is normally solitary but on 11 & 12 May 2013, I have seen up to three individuals on the same spot!

 Above: a trio of Dragontails - 2 Whites and a Green (the middle).


L. meges 13 June 2013 @ 11:41. Notice that L. meges are generally bigger in size than L. curius and has a blue patch on the outerside of its club antannae (see photo above).


L. meges taken on 29 May 2013 @ 13:54. A jet of water can be seen squirting out of its abdomen when it is puddling...

30 Jan 2014 @ 11:54

 09 March 2014 @ 13:31

09 March 2014 @ 13:43


Above 2 photos 27 April 2014 @ 11:43

29 May 2014 @ 13:20

 11:52 - share a puddling spot with L. curius (right)

11:53
Above photos 16 June 2014


Above 2 photos 21 June 2014 @ 12:55

12:59

Squirting water: 07 Dec 2014 @ 13:13

28 Feb 2015 @ 12:44


Above photos 14 Mac 2015 @ 12:21

09 May 2015 @ 11:06

One with an exceptionally long tail: 31 May 2015 @ 11:53

 13:05

13:06

 13:07

13:07
Above photos 06 June 2015

squirting...13:16

 13:29

 13:34

13:35
Above photos 23 Apr 2016

13:18

13:19
Above pix 18 Mac 2017

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