“The Variegated Green Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina, family Libellulidae) is a widespread species of dragonfly that would be readily encountered in most ponds and small lakes around Singapore (above). It has a notorious reputation of catching and consuming other species of dragonflies, as well as damselflies.

“Please refer to this LINK for an earlier account on its predation.

“In late 2014, I was able to witness the voracious appetite of this aerial predator as it captured and devoured a few members within the same family (Libellulidae). These include:


 the Sapphire Flutterer (Rhyothemis triangularis) (above).

 the Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans) (above).

 the Trumpet Tail (Acisoma panorpoides) (above).

“Respective video clips of the various species on its menu may be viewed here:

 Sapphire Flutterer (Rhyothemis triangularis):

 Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans):

 Trumpet Tail (Acisoma panorpoides):”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
23rd March 2015


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