Blue Percher (Old Female)
Family: Libellulidae (Skimmers & relatives)
Species: Diplacodes trivialis (Rambur, 1842)
Common Name: Blue Percher
Location: Tampines Mountain Biking Trail
The female has pale greenish yellow markings on her body and her eyes are brown on top and yellow below. Immature males have the same colouration as the females. A mature male is pruinose blue and has blue eyes.
When emerged, a female D. trivialis is bright yellow in colour. As she matures her colour gradually darkens to yellowish blue. Note that this old female in the picture has eyes that are greenish on top and pale yellow below.
Q. What was she eating? She flew up, plucked her prey from the air and ate fast. By the time this shot was taken, the prey was already indistinguishable.