Bi-colored Damsel, Ceriagrion cerinorubellum

The bi-colored damsel (Ceriagrion cerinorubellum), also known as the orange-tailed marsh dart, is a species of damselfly that can be found in many areas including Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, among other areas. This species resides near many water sources including streams, ponds, canals, and drains. It is active between the months of October and January and can be seen resting on waterside vegetation and twigs.

The bi-colored damsel varies slightly in color depending upon the sex, with males holding an orange base, green head, and orange tip at the end of its body. Females are slightly darker in color with the same markings. This species feeds on smaller damselfly species and is not typically frightened by human presence. It is abundant throughout its range and is not threatened, so it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Ceriagrion cerinorubellum. Credit: Vengolis/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)