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Odonata (Dragonflies)

Palaiargia ernstmayri

The small damselfly above, Palaiargia ernstmayri, is my most special dragonfly observation so far. I photographed this specimen in 2016 near Syobri in Mokwam, in the Arfak mountains of New Guinea.

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The species Palaiargia ernstmayri had first been described by Lieftinck in 1972, based on materials collected in 1928 and 1957. It was not reported again until 2011, when a male and female specimen were photographed by Sandra Lamberts (see Orr et al., International Journal of Odonatology 16:4 (2013), 309-325).

In 2016, I photographed this male near the place of Lamberts' 2011 sighting. It was the second report of live specimens since this species was first described. I have published this sighting in Notulae Odonatologicae 9:1 (2018), 1-5.

Palaiargia ernstmayri

I am a member of the Dutch Association for the study of Dragonflies (NVL). Dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) are fascinating insects, that belong to one of the oldest extant insect families. I regularly hunt for them with my camera and macro lens, in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

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