Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Blue-tailed Forest Hawk (Orthetrum triangulare)

Adult Blue-tailed Forest Hawk (subspecies O. t. triangulare) at Arashiyama, Kyoto Japan - July 2013

OTHER NAMES: Lesser Blue Skimmer, Triangle Skimmer
Local Name (Japan): Ooshio-kara-tombo (大潮カラートンボ) - "Fish Colour Dragonfly"
Featured Subspecies: Orthetrum triangulare triangulare
Length: ?
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Blue-tailed Forest Hawk is a fairly common Dragonfly in Japan - it is found in mountainous forest habitats, where it breeds in small ponds.  This particular individual was found on the rocky paths in the foothills near Arashiyama feeding on the insects on the track up to the Monkey Sanctuary.  For a large dragonfly, it was fairly tolerant of humans and allowed some fairly close views.

Related Species:
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthetrum
SUBSPECIES: O. t. triangulare, O. c.malaccense

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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