I found this male Fulvous Forest Skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia) dragonfly perched on a dry twig in our kitchen garden. I captured this skimmer with Canon EOS 5DS R fitted with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. For the illumination I used Godox Ving V860C II E-TTL Li-ion Camera Flash fitted with LumiQuest SoftBox III. My main intention was to get the wing details of this beautiful dragonfly.
Fulvous Forest Skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia) is a medium-sized rusty coloured dragonfly with transparent wing tips. Male is reddish brown whereas the female is paler brown in colour.
Male has a reddish brown face with eyes which are dark reddish brown above, golden brown below. Thorax, abdomen and legs are reddish browns. Wings are dark reddish brown with an irregular triangular transparent area at the tip of the wing. The wing spots are dark reddish brown.
Many forms of females are found. The colour of head, thorax and abdomen paler than males or rusty brown. Wings are clear amber yellow with a dark ray extending to the tip in forewing. Many of them have an irregular triangular transparent area at the tip of the wing.
It is a dragonfly of wet forests. Usually, perches on fallen logs and shrubs. A large number of them can be found together in canopy gaps and forest edges. However, during the wet season, they move out of forested areas to non-forested bits.
It breeds in marshes associated with forest streams and rivers. They are found throughout the year. However, a large number can be seen between May-September.