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    Picture of Tutubi: The Philippine Dragonfly

    Tutubi has been tagged several times by the meme "the face behind the blog" but he turned it down each time since he doesn't do memes unless it's related to the theme of this blog, besides his preference to make this blog a "faceless" one.

    This time, however, he's going to show you his photos...


    ...of his cousin Dragonflies: the colorful helicopters of the insect world! :P

    dragonfly tutubia green butterfly. photo taken at Mt. Romelo, Siniloan/Famy, Laguna near Sampaloc Falls (Canon Ixus 30 digital macro mode)

    dragonfly tutubiBrown dragonfly at The Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Rizal Park (Luneta), Manila (Canon Ixus 30 digital macro mode)

    dragonfly tutubiorange dragonfly at The Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Rizal Park (Luneta), Manila(Canon Ixus 30 macro mode)

    dragonfly tutubiSame Orange dragonfly asabove as close as Tutubi can get to it. Photo taken at The Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Rizal Park (Luneta), Manila(Canon Ixus 30 digital macro mode)

    dragonfly tutubia red dragonfly at Wawa Park, Paete, Laguna (Canon EOS 300D, EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6, cropped)

    Dragonfly Trivia:

    It's probable that tutubing karayom is the Filipino word for damselfly.

    Damselflies and dragonflies, according to ecologists, are nature's best predator of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

    The main difference between a dragonfly (Suborder: Anisoptera) and damselfly (Suborder: Zygoptera) is that a dragonfly at rest holds its wings away from its body, while a damselfly holds its wings close to its body.

    Dragonflies are generally stronger and more robust than damselflies. They are also fast and agile fliers while damselflies have slender bodies and a weak, hovering flight. Damselflies' eyes are well separated unlike those of dragonflies.

    An adult dragonfly has 28,000 eyes (Tutubi has two, myopic eyes)

    Dragonfly in different languages: Tutubi in Filipino (now you know what Tutubi means), 蜻蜓 in Chinese, Libelle in German, libellule in French, 잠자리 in Korean, libélula in Spanish, トンボ in Japanese/Nihongo, and libel in Dutch.

    They have been known to exist for over 300 million years, spend only a very short part of their life span as actual dragonflies, living as nymphs for up to four years, shed their skin up to 15 times, and survive only for a few months as mature adult dragonflies.

    Scientific names of the above species to follow since Tutubi doesn't have reference materials to identify the dragonfly species' featured here.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:59 PM,

    18 Comments:

    At Dec 13, 2007, 10:17:00 PM, Blogger Gita Asuncion said...

    hahaha.. naisahan ako.. akala ko ikaw na makikita ko! ;-)

     
    At Dec 14, 2007, 5:04:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Great to meet the family!

     
    At Dec 14, 2007, 5:35:00 AM, Blogger la carlotta said...

    and i thought spiders were scary coz they got 8 eyes... *shudder* but then again dragonflies don't have eight legs either. nice photos of those dragonflies, btw. =)

    naman, kala ko ipapakita mo na pics mo talaga lol =)

     
    At Dec 14, 2007, 8:44:00 AM, Blogger Abaniko said...

    Nye! Kala ko si Tutubi The Blogger na talaga ang nasa picture. You got me there.

     
    At Dec 14, 2007, 11:24:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi sa tabi-tabi said...

    gita, carlotta and abaniko, got you all there hehe

    pieterbie, they're all handsome and colorful, aren't they? :P

     
    At Dec 15, 2007, 12:26:00 AM, Blogger ferdz said...

    Hahaha! Ayus ka rin ha. Yung 2nd to the last nga yung best shot mo, kaya pala avatar mo sya.

     
    At Dec 15, 2007, 2:37:00 AM, Blogger Mari said...

    You sure are good looking, tutubi. And very colorful, as well. ha ha ha

     
    At Dec 15, 2007, 5:34:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    u are as i imagine you would be :) (daya naman)

     
    At Dec 15, 2007, 3:04:00 PM, Blogger paetechie said...

    ferdz, favorite ko nga yun kahit low res lang kasi talaga macro sya...ilang inches lang layong cam sa tutubi

    mari, thank you mari. hope u liked how i look :P

    photo cache, hehe...life's like that

     
    At Dec 16, 2007, 11:04:00 AM, Anonymous kyels said...

    Haha! I thought you were really going to show your face! But nevertheless, I like the dragonflies; maganda!

    (:

     
    At Dec 16, 2007, 12:19:00 PM, Blogger pusa said...

    nyek! anubeh tutubi pinasabik mo lang kami! amf LOL

     
    At Dec 16, 2007, 12:20:00 PM, Blogger pusa said...

    anubeh tutubi binitin mo lang kami!!! amf! LOL=)

     
    At Dec 16, 2007, 12:37:00 PM, Blogger paetechie said...

    kyels and pusa, another two on my list hehe

     
    At Dec 17, 2007, 1:19:00 AM, Blogger dave (",) said...

    these are the larger type of dragonflies. proud to say as a kid, i've held them all in my hands, even the blue ones that you didn't include here. they say the blue ones are the fastest-moving and difficult to capture.

     
    At Dec 17, 2007, 5:39:00 PM, Anonymous tutubi sa tabi-tabi said...

    dave, is that so? you're also a tutubi catcher? but, still, you haven't caught me :P I remember the blue ones alright. will post other pictures of them if i catch them off-guard

     
    At Dec 18, 2007, 9:53:00 AM, OpenID bw said...

    you finally revealed yourself ! hehe. Nice pics bro:)

     
    At Dec 19, 2007, 4:06:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    Hahaha! From the title, I thought you're giving up the anonymity :D :D :D

    I agree with Dave. The blue tutubi is the hardest to get. But back in my youthful days, I was fast enough to catch those. What about you, tutubi? What color are you? :D :D :D

     
    At Jan 7, 2008, 5:50:00 PM, OpenID catchlyts said...

    got a picture of a tutubi with an SLR. Wanna see? :D

     

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