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The Annotated Budak: Year of the (Water) Dragon by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Year of the (Water) Dragon by @budak

A flash of blue is usually the only sign of a satinwing as one approaches jungle streams hemmed by rampant vegetation. Restricted to clear brooks with log jams and fringing detritus in which their nymphs reside, Euphaea impar is a beauty at home in beastly parts , a body of refractive lightness that haunts the radiant gaps of diffused swamps. The males are reputed to be nervous creatures with little tolerance for intrusions into their territories; their default response to breaches of their personal space is to flutter upwards, turning near-invisible the moment they leave their sunspot to ascend into the canopy. Females are even scarcer; their olive-green bodies and clear wings offer scant contrast against the dull understorey of waterlogged forests. Euphaiedae is a small family of odonates with stout limbs and stalkless wings. Only three species are known from the Malay P...

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