Fantail takes Butterfly Skimmer

Well, I was wrong! In yesterday’s blog entry, I wrote that these fantailed skimmers (taiwan-uchiwa-yanma) and butterfly skimmers (chou-tombo) seemed to co-exist peacefully, but… Today I watched a fantail swoop down and grab a butterfly skimmer from its perch, then carry it way up into a tree to eat. It was an amazing thing to see.

Ictinogomphus pertinaxIctinogomphus pertinax

Odonata: Libellulidae
Rhyothemis fuliginosa = chou-tombo (butterfly skimmer)

Odonata: Gomphidae
Ictinogomphus pertinax = taiwan-uchiwa-yanma (Taiwan fantailed skimmer)

Location: oo-ike (big pond)
Map (image)
Link to Google Map

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