Macromia irata

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Macromia irata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Macromiidae
Genus: Macromia
M. irata
Binomial name
Macromia irata
Fraser, 1924

Macromia irata[2] is a species of dragonfly in the family Macromiidae. It is endemic to Western Ghats in India.[3]

Description and habitat[edit]

It is a medium sized dragonfly with emerald-green eyes. Its thorax is dark green metallic on dorsum, dark reddish-brown at sides, marked with citron-yellow. There is humeral stripe, an oblique narrow stripe on mesepimeron, and another stripe on the posterior border of metepimeron. Abdomen is blaxk, marked with citron-yellow. Segment 2 has a pair of mid-dorsal diamond-shaped spots narrowly separated in the middle. The ventral border of this segment is broadly yellow at base. Segment 3 has a pair of mid-dorsal triangular spots at the basal side of jugal suture and a large triangular spot on each side at base. Segments 4 to 6 have the paired mid-dorsal spots. Segment 7 has the basal third to half yellow. Segment 8 has a narrow basal annule. Segments 9 and 10 are unmarked. Anal appendages are black.[4]

It is usually found soaring over forest roads near streams. It can be distinguished from other Macromia species by a characteristic twin diamond-shaped saddle-marking on segment 2.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Subramanian, K.A. (2011). "Macromia irata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T175191A7119851. Retrieved 2018-10-05.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.
  3. ^ K.A., Subramanian; K.G., Emiliyamma; R., Babu; C., Radhakrishnan; S.S., Talmale (2018). Atlas of Odonata (Insecta) of the Western Ghats, India. Zoological Survey of India. p. 296. ISBN 9788181714954.
  4. ^ a b C FC Lt. Fraser (1936). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, Odonata Vol. III. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 190–191.
  5. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1924). A Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India and Descriptions of Thirty New Species (PDF). pp. 454–455.