Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Four-spot Midget (Mortonagrion hirosei)

..a species of narrow-winged damselfly that is native to Hong Kong and Japan. Four-spot Midgets often inhabit brackish streams and marshes, where the larvae occur in the water and adults occur in reedbeds. Most of their lives are spent in their larval form where they live exclusively in the water and hunt for invertebrates by shooting their lower jaw at them. Near the end of their larval lives the larvae will move to the surface and bust out of their larval skin, becoming an adult. Although they are weak flyers adults are seen flying from late May to early August.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Odonata-Coenagrionidae-Mortonagrion-M.hirosei

Images: CharlesLam and Hong Kong Wetland Park

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