Sultan dragonfly oviposting

on 5th July 2015

“In Singapore, the Sultan dragonfly (Camacinia gigantea) is by far the largest of the libellulids (family Libellulidae), but is not regularly nor reliably seen. Whenever an opportunity arises, it would often be the attractive males that are more noticeable (above).

“The females, though less brightly coloured, are just as impressive with their formidable wingspan (above).

“With the females typically outnumbered by the males, competition for them is stiff. After the victorious male has mated with a receptive female, she proceeds to a quiet corner to lay her eggs. She deliberately adopts a vertical posture and repeatedly dips her abdomen upon the water surface at a slow and steady pace (above).

“A brief video clip of this female ovipositing (on 12th November 2014 at a local pond) may be previewed here:

“This egg-laying technique is perfectly consistent with that previously reported by Razak Jaffar (2012).”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
18th June 2015

Razak Jaffar, A., 2012. Observations of the dragonfly, Camacinia gigantea (Brauer) at the Night Safari, Singapore (Insecta: Odonata: Libellulidae). Nature in Singapore, 5: 7–11.

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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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