Fulvous Forest Skimmer, Neurothemis fulvia

The fulvous forest skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia) is a species of dragonfly that is native to India, where it prefers a habitat in moist forests. It typically gathers in large groups in the upper canopies of forests or in smaller groups on shrubs and fallen logs. The largest groups can be seen between the months of May and September, although it is active year round. This species breeds in marshy areas of its range.

The fulvous forest skimmer differs in length depending upon the sex, with females reaching an average length of up to .9 inches and males reaching a length of up to one inch. Males are typically uniform in color, with most individuals holding a reddish-brown thorax, legs, and abdomen, the trait from which the species received its common name fulvous, with red wings and triangular transparent sections occurring at the tip of the wings. Females differ in color with most individuals holding paler colors than males, with yellowish-amber wings. The wings vary in size, shape, and color, and can hold a variety of greyish colored markings.

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