Crimson Marsh Glider, Trithemis aurora

The crimson marsh glider (Trithemis aurora) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a range that extends from the Lesser Sunda Islands and Java to Japan. Its range includes Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam. It prefers to reside in lowland and hill dominated habitats and can be found near ponds, marshes, rivers, and streams with abundant vegetation. This species can be seen throughout the year.

The crimson marsh glider varies in appearance depending upon the sex. Males have a reddish thorax and abdomen with a purple tint, with a reddish brown face. The wings of the males are transparent with bright red markings occurring along the wings and the base of each wing. Females are brownish in color with black markings occurring along the thorax and abdomen. The wings are transparent, but hold brownish markings on the base of each wing and yellow markings on the tip of each wing.

The crimson marsh glider is common across its range, but its population trend is unknown.  It does not hold any major threats, so there are conservation efforts needed for it. It appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Trithemis aurora taken at Kadavoor, Kerala, India. Credit: Jkadavoor/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)