Rhyothemis phyllis. Taken at the new Keppel Discovery Wetlands.
Rhyothemis phyllis, known also as the yellow-striped flutterer or yellow-barred flutterer, is a species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, widespread in South-east Asia, including Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and northern Australia. This is a small to medium-sized dragonfly, commonly found at open ponds or marshes, and swamp forests. Its flight is usually fluttering.
The Yellow-Barred Flutterer, is one of my favourite dragonflies as I find them attractively coloured. The golden-black and blue colouration at the bases of their hind wings reflect light very well, giving them a sheen that is so eye-catching.
Taken at a Kent Ridge Nature Park, about 4 pm.
This species occupies a variety of standing water habitats, from marshes and ponds to wet rice fields and drains, including drainage ditches in oil palm plantations. Males and females are similar, eyes reddish brown on top and light brown below. The thorax and abdomen are dark, slightly metallic, almost black. The base of the hind wing has a distinctive pattern of yellow, dark brown and deep metallic blue. The Yellow-barred flutterer is sun loving, spending much time on the wing.
Showing the reddish brown eyes.
Dragonfly pond-Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Dragonfly pond at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
With distinct barred pattern of yellow black and blue on the hind wings. Its flight is usually fluttering. Picture taken at the Dragonfly pond at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Location: Winsdor Park, Venus Drive Singapore.
If you haven’t seen one , it would certainly be a thrilling experience, to come across one when you next venture into one of our Nature Parks.