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YELLOW-BARRED FLUTTERER MATING

on 12th November 2014

“While exploring a local lotus pond in September 2014, I was delighted by the diversity of dragonfly inhabitants, including the Yellow-barred Flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis, family Libellulidae). When not floating and flying around, they would perch briefly on the lotus plants (above).

“Video clips of these dragonflies at home and at ease in their pond habitat may be previewed below:

“Although this is a rather common and widespread species, we rarely get a chance to witness their mating moments. On the 19th and 20th September 2014, I was privileged to have fleeting glimpses of their brief union (below). Their transient coupling only lasted for less than ten seconds, after which they detached and the female began to oviposit.

“Video clip of the dragonflies mating may be previewed below.”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
21st October 2014

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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