Red-faced Skimmer

Scientific name: Orthetrum chrysis

Habitat: marsh, pond

Body length: 42-51 mm

Distribution in Hong Kong: widespread, e.g. Hong Kong Wetland Park, Long Valley, Mui Wo, Cheung Chau

Flight period in Hong Kong: March to December

Similar species: Common Red Skimmer (Indochinese subspecies) (Comparison)

Identification features (male): 

1. Frons red

2. Synthorax brown

3. Abdomen bright red

Identification features (female):

1. Synthorax and abdomen yellowish brown

2. Synthorax without apparent stripes

3. Leaf-like projection on the 8th abdominal segment