19. Palpopleura sexmaculata (Fabricius, 1787)
Species: Palpopleura sexmaculata (Fabricius, 1787)
Common name: Blue-tailed Yellow Skimmer, Asian WidowHabitat: Hilly areas, forest patches and water bodies
Distribution: Sylhet, Chittagong
Flight Season: February - December
Palpopleura sexmaculata, most likely the smallest dragonflies of Bangladesh, are common in Chittagong and Sylhet.
The juvenile males can be differentiated from the broad greenish thorasic stripe, which are yellow in the adult.
|Dorsal view of Palpopleura sexmaculata juvenile male |
The juvenile males are similar to female, are yellow in color, has white pterostigma. However they can be distinguished by their anal appendages.
The adult male have broad yellow thorasic, the abominal segments are white dorsally which is very prominent can can be used to differentiate from female. The wings are transparent, black stripes present in the wing bases, pterostigma and anal appendages are black
|Dorsal view of Palpopleura sexmaculata adult male|
The females are yellow in color and very similar to juvenile male. They are often found associated with the male.
|Dorsao-lateral view of Palpopleura sexmaculata female |