Himalayan Relict Dragonfly, Epiophlebia laidlawi

The Himalayan relict dragonfly (Epiophlebia laidlawi) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in the Eastern Himalayas, with a range that includes the Solokhumbu region and Nepal. It was once classified in the suborder Anisozygoptera due to its similarities to damselflies, but was found to be more closely related to dragonflies.

The Himalayan relict dragonfly breeds in streams that can be found at elevations between 6,000 and 11,500 feet, but it is thought that it may also breed in waterfalls at elevations of 6,561 feet. After breeding, females will lay their eggs on plant stems located near the edge of streams. The larvae of this species are not fully grown until five or six years of age.

The Himalayan relict dragonfly is threatened by habitat loss caused by pollution, as well as siltation caused by erosion in the streams where it resides. More information is needed about this species before conservation efforts can be conducted. The Himalayan relict dragonfly appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Near Threatened.â€

Image Caption: Larva of Epiophlebia laidlawi. Credit: Robert John Tillyard/Wikipedia