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Green marsh hawk (Orthetrum sabina)

Ndok erok or army dragonfly or slender skimmer or green marsh hawk (Orthetrum sabina) is a dragonfly species in Libellulidae, medium size with a wingspan of 60-85 mm, eyes are green, adults are gray to greenish yellow with black smudges on thirax and abdomen.

Females and males are similar in shape, color and size, but differ in sexual characteristics. O. Sabina is known as a malignant predator that preys on other larger dragonflies. Predator activity has begun since the larval stage is able to prey on tadpoles and small fish.

Dlium Green marsh hawk (Orthetrum sabina)

Dragonflies do imperfect metamorphosis. These insects put eggs in the water to become nymphs and then larvae. Adults will wing and get out of the water to fly freely. Larvae can be up to three years old, while adult dragonflies are only about 4 months.

Slender skimmers perch unmoving in bushes and dry twigs for a long time. They are able to capture almost all prey with a success rate of 95 percent, and even often eat butterflies and other types of dragonflies while still flying.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthetrum
Species: O. sabina

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