Supriya Ghosh

Epophthalmia vittata

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Macromiidae
Genus  Epophthalmia
Order  Odonate
Class  Insecta
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
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Similar  Odonate, Brachydiplax sobrina, Tramea basilaris, Macrogomphus, Gynacantha dravida

The common torrent hawk, (Epophthalmia vittata) is a species of dragonfly in the family Macromiidae. It is found in India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Three subspecies recognized.



  • Epophthalmia vittata cyanocephala – from Sri Lanka
  • Epophthalmia vittata vittata – from India
  • Epophthalmia vittata sundana – from Indonesia
  • Habitat and behavior

    The species breeds in weedy tanks and ponds. Adults can be found far away from breeding habitats. It soars tirelessly during daytime high up, occasionally in small swarms. It descends low at times during hot noontime to dip body in flight and take off again. Rests on shady waterside vegetation in "hanging posture".


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