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Dragonflies of Borneo  >  Family Libellulidae  >  Genus Orthetrum  >  Orthetrum testaceum


Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthetrum
Species: Orthetrum testaceum
A common red dragonfly of Borneo
Found in China, Hainan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Viet Nam


An aging female Orthetrum testaceum
An aging female Orthetrum testaceum


Body color patterns of an aging female Orthetrum testaceum is so different to a young female. These differences in degree of:

1) Body color turn grayish green , where as a young female is bright brown.
2) Wing color turn tan color, where a young male and female all have clear wings.

Female turn greenish color as they age.
Female turn greenish color as they age.

This is an aging female with white powder (white pruinescence) developed at the lower part of body. Segment 8, 9 and 10 stained with mud that dried up indication she had experienced laying eggs on water not long ago.


Matured male Orthetrum testaceum
Matured male Orthetrum testaceum
Body parts of a male dragonfly



Male Orthetrum testaceum
Head parts of a dragonfly


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