Common Name: Common Picture Wing Dragonfly
Scientific Name: Rhyothemis variegata
Family: Libellulidae
Size: Male hindwing – 33 to 36mm. Female hindwing – 28 to 37mm
Location: Meghauli, Chitwan, Nepal

Common Picture Wing Dragonflies are found in elevations ranging from 80-1400 m. It is a medium-sized dragonfly with males with an abdomen of 23-25mm length and females 20-22mm. They have a dark body and vibrant wings tinged with pale yellow. Its fore-wings bear black spots at the tips and nodes, while the hind-wings have a striking black and golden yellow patch near the base.

Female dragonflies have transparent sections at the tips of their fore-wings, tinted golden-yellow with black markings on the lower half, and transparent tips on their hind wings, with the rest adorned with golden-yellow and black patterns.

These dragonflies typically breed in marshes, ponds, and paddy fields.

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