Common name for a species of
dragonfly, which is also commonly known as
Common Parasol, Obligue-banded Widow and
Coppertone Velvetwing, and which has the
Neurothemis fluctuans. Its
found throughout Southeast Asia, including in Thailand, where it is
malaeng poh ban mai chiang
(แมลงปอบ้านใหม่เฉียง) and malaeng poh ban thaeb pihk mon (แมลงปอบ้านแถบปีกมน).
Its habitat consists of exposed ditches, ponds,
lakes and rivers, both in uplands and lowlands. Mature male are
cherry-red to brown in colour, yet depending on the light it may be
exposed to, it may even appear to be almost black. Due to the
transparent wing tips and its overall colouring, it may easily be
confused with the
Cleartip Widow (fig.),
both species within the genus Neurothemis.
The best way to tell them apart is the
slightly different markings on the abdomen and the wing patterns. Young
males have all the markings of the male adult, but the wings are more
transparent and appear pale yellowish-brown. Adult females are very
similar to young males, but don't have any colouration to the wings.