A Rare Dragonfly and Flowers for Chinese New Year

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
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A walk in Central Catchment Reserves chanced an encounter with a rare Giant Hawker, TeTracanthagyna plagiata, an immature female of South East Asia’s largest species of dragonfly.  It’s hard to imagine a dragonfly the length of 10cm until you actually see it perched in this manner on a small tree.

The remarkable wings and grotesque size make it hard to miss (when you actually spot it).  Yet when it takes off in flight in the shade of the forest cover, it moves like a flitting ghost, weightless and without sound.


During the long Chinese New Year weekend, we had the luxury of heading down to Sentosa to photograph some of orchids on display.














  1. trailblazer1 says:

    What a beautiful coffee-table book these orchids would make. Turn some into watercolors and you’d have wonderful gift cards. You are doing something special, right. A Youtube video to promote your work . . . I have 43 vids on Youtube myself. Let me know if I can help. As always, you are missed.

  2. Lauri says:

    I would have fainted dead away with delight to see a dragonfly that big and that perfect! What a treat!
    I love orchids….the colors and variety are endless! I can only see them in greenhouses and conservatories, but I’m happy with that!

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