Yellow-barred Flutterer

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Yellow-barred Flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 26th February 2018

The Biodiversity of Singapore
NParks Flora & Fauna Web
Singapore Odonata
Dragonflies & Damselflies of Singapore
Picture of Singapore Odonata: Rhyothemis phyllis (Sulzer, 1776)
The dragonflies of Singapore: An updated checklist and revision of the national conservation statuses
Odonata Biodiversity in the Nature Reserves of Singapore
Odonata of Peninsular Malaysia: Libellulidae – Rhyothemis phyllis
Dragons & Damsels: Rhyothemis phyllis
Dragonflies & Damselflies of Thailand: 104. Rhyothemis phyllis (Sulzer, 1776)
Thailand Insects and Nature.
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Vietnam: Rhyothemis phyllis
Brisbane Insects and Spiders
Identification and Ecology of Australian Freshwater Invertebrates
All Odonata
IUCN Red List

Common Scarlet (Crocothemis servilia)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 23rd December 2015

Common Scarlet (Crocothemis servilia)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 23rd December 2015

Assorted insects found in Singapore, representing several major groups:

  • Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
  • Beetles (Coleoptera)
  • Bees, Wasps & Ants (Hymenoptera)
  • Flies (Diptera)
  • Dragonflies & Damselflies (Odonata)
  • Earwigs (Dermaptera)
  • Cockroaches & Termites (Blattodea)
  • Mantises (Mantodea)
  • Stick & Leaf Insects (Phasmatodea)
  • Grasshoppers, Crickets & Katydids (Orthoptera)
  • True Bugs (Hemiptera)

Insects are among the most diverse groups of animals, with more than a million species described (and counting), representing more than half of all known organisms! Despite their small size, the sheer number of insects and the countless niches they occupy mean that they actually play critical roles in various ecosystems. Butterflies and dragonflies are colourful and often highly visible, whereas many other groups are poorly studied in the tropics. Singapore is home to an extremely rich and diverse insect fauna that occupies all sorts of habitats, and we are still discovering new species of insects all the time.

These were some of the many specimens featured at the recently concluded Festival of Biodiversity 2014, which was held at VivoCity last weekend.

Came across this dragonfly dying in a drain while retrieving a Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) carcass. Turns out it’s a Pale-spotted Emperor (Anax guttatus), one of the largest dragonflies in Singapore and an uncommon species to boot. Cool!

Source: David Tan Instagram

Slender Duskdarter

Slender Duskdarter (Zyxomma petiolatum)
Clarke Quay, 13th February 2013

These photos of a Slender Duskdarter dragonfly were shared by Nikita Hengbok on Facebook.

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Dingy Duskhawker

Dingy Duskhawker (Gynacantha subinterrupta)
Tanjong Pagar, 29th May 2012

Thanks to Tang Hung Bun for assisting in the identification of this dragonfly.

Lesser Green Emperor

Lesser Green Emperor (Anax guttatus)
Bukit Merah, 27th June 2011


This Lesser Green Emperor (also known as the Hairy Emperor) dragonfly was found on the KTM railway tracks that run through Bukit Merah. Although it was still twitching and technically not quite fully dead, the fact that its head had been almost completely severed meant that it qualifies as a Monday Morgue entry.