Post Tagged with: "Dragonflies & Damselflies"

New Species of Damselfly from the Central Highlands of Vietnam

New Species of Damselfly from the Central Highlands of Vietnam

New Species November 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

This shy species was found usually perching in dark forest near streams with large stones in pristine forest, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

A large dragonfly from Hainan Province, China

A large dragonfly from Hainan Province, China

Insects, New Species November 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm

A new species, a big and robust dragonfly. is described from Hainan province, China.  Only a few adults were collected from Mt. Diaoluoshan Mountain in Hainan Island. The population is quite small and all the males were hidden in the very dense forested streams. Males held the territory quite near water, usually perch on the short trees or top of sticks. They always perch but seldom fly, and only appear in the sunny days when the sunlight can pass through the dense tropical rain forest.

First new species of damselfly discovered in Australia in a Decade

First new species of damselfly discovered in Australia in a Decade

Insects, New Species October 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

It is the first new species of damselfly to be discovered in almost a decade, and only the second in the genus Oristicta.  The new species was discovered during an Queensland Museum ‘Bush Blitz’ expedition in far north Queensland.  There are 325 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Australia.

New species of dragonfly found near urban water supply

New species of dragonfly found near urban water supply

Insects, New Species November 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

A new species of dragonfly was found in an urban area, in a habitat from which city water is sourced.  It has a brown spot on each of its four wingtips and a bluish waxy body coating. Photo: Rhainer Guillermo Ferreira

New dragnfly from southwestern Brazil

New dragnfly from southwestern Brazil

Insects, New Species September 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

Dragonfly in the genus Erythrodiplax from southwestern Brazil is described, first observed in 2011.

Sir David Attenborough’s Dragonfly

Sir David Attenborough’s Dragonfly

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species May 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

A newly discovered dragonfly from Madagascar has been named in honour of BDS Patron Sir David Attenborough on the occasion of his 90th birthday, and in recognition of Sir David’s lifelong devotion to championing the work of hundreds of scientists, conservation biologists and naturalists worldwide, enlightening generations of children, and inspiring the public’s love of nature.  Video of co-discover Dr. Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra’s birthday gift to Sir Attenborough.  The discovery of this dragonfly among others shows that in many cases, unknown species are thriving within human communities.

Sixty new species of dragonflies and damselflies, from Africa

Sixty new species of dragonflies and damselflies, from Africa

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species December 12, 2015 at 10:29 am

The researchers found a stunning amount of diversity amongst the dragonflies, many of which are brightly colored.  With this research, the number of dragonfly species known in Africa increases at once by almost 10%, from 700 to 760 species.  Naming so many new species became a challenge for the authors. The species live in freshwater bogs, lakes, rivers and well-forested areas that are increasingly under threat.   “The species’ beauty and sensitivity can raise awareness for the densest and most threatened biodiversity: freshwater covers less than one percent of Earth’s surface, but harbours ten percent of animal species, of which a third mayRead More