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Brown Dusk Hawk (Zyxomma petiolatum)

They are large brown crepuscular dragonflies with long thin abdomen and brown tipped wings that fly after sunset. Eyes are brilliant emerald green. Abdomen is dark reddish brown with black rings at the end of each segment; swollen from segments 1-3, then abruptly contracted and slim to the end.

The males visit the pond in the evening and fly to and fro very fast till the female arrives. They mate in the air, while making fast movements.

Very difficult to locate and capture from the natural habitat where they rest in daytime due to the low light environment that they prefer and highly camouflaged colour. This is the best shot I ever made; sorry for the low qualities.

Taken at Kadavoor, Kerala, India



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