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29 September 2013

Dragonflies and Moths. Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora), Crimson-speckled Flunkey / Footman / Moth (Utetheisa Pulchella) and Lesser Emperor (Anax Parthenope)

Against the light this crimson marsh glider really looked like a fairy.

Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora) male. (by-nc-nd)

Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora) male on a grass stalk
 (by-nc-nd)

Crimson Marsh Glider (Trithemis aurora) female.
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I've never seen this spectacular moth before — it popped out of the blue, fluttered past me and vanished into thin air. That's the only picture I've managed to take, but I hope to spot it again in the future. Crimson Speckled Footman (Utetheisa pulchella) is a moth of the family Arctiidae. It is found in Africa, Southern Europe, Central and Southern Asia and Australia.
I'm not sure, though, if it's Crimson Speckled Footman (Utetheisa pulchella) or Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides) since they look the same and can be found in the same regions.  For all I know, both names might even refer to the same species.

Crimson-speckled Flunkey / footman / moth (Utetheisa pulchella)
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Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) hovering over the water
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Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) in flight. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

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