March 2, 2015
Metagrion hueberae was caught in 2009 in the Bird’s Head (Papua, Indonesia) by J. Kaize of Kelompok Entomologi Papua. He is a student at the University of Jayapura trained by volunteers of the Papua Insect Foundation. The genus Metagrion is endemic to New Guinea and adjacent islands and limited to streams and rivers in tropical rainforests. The official description of this species will be published in a scientific journal later this year.
Male damselflies, like many other winged insects, engage in energy-consuming aerial stand-offs to secure the best mates and territory. But these potentially damaging fights are not just randomly entered into, researchers have discovered. Before they embark on aerial sparring, a male damselfly will first works out its strategy: here.