PIED PADDY SKIMMER

By: Samrat Sarkar

Dec 27 2016

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Category: Insect

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Aperture:f/16
Focal Length:40mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/200 sec
Camera:NIKON D7000

You all already know that the Boisa Beel becomes full of water in monsoon and the water remains there for some months- till the end of October. The next months experience low water level. At the middle of winter- from late November the local farmers begin to mark their plots and thereafter, the next few dry months the lake experiences a number of cultivation. The monsoon season therefore wide opens the phase of reproduction- mating, laying eggs there and the  nymphs’ play in the water. Therefore, a number of dragonfly and damselfly species are found in this area.

Of course, the season of mating continues for a longer period. I record a mating of damselfly at the fag end of October when the water resource of Boisa only is at a crisis. Though some local waterbodies are also there to console the pair. Of course, all the eggs or nymphs did not last to the mature end. The reasons are both the natural phenomenon and the human activities. The usage of pesticides of course impacts worse on the growth of their number. I can remember the words that the number of dragonfly and damselfly and the variety of their species tells the natural purity as they have to dwell on both the water and land in different times of their life stages. I forget who tells me this- I am offering my respects to that person. From this perspective, I think the region is till can consider healthy though it lost its position in considerable amount. Local consciousness needs to be reformed to balance these little beauties.

The above image is of a Pied Paddy Skimmer (female) scientific name for which is Neurothemis tullia. This image is taken just beside the Boisa Beel at eastern part. They are alike other dragonfly species in shyness. Generally, they does not allow anyone at very close though patience and skilled movement can reach really close to them. The black spots on wings help to identify them quickly. I generally found them near ground, as this image shows, in or among grasses or other herbs or corns in fields.

Photographer: Arun Acharjee

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