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Dragonflies & Damselflies (Odonata) Dragonflies & Damselflies (Odonata)

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ADULT features: abdomen elongate; two pairs of wings, held either flat or vertical (not roof-like); wings with numerous cross-veins and cells; antennae minute, bristle-like; always with 3 ocelli

LARVAL features: aquatic predators, gradually changing and developing wing-buds as they moult through numerous larval stages ('instars'). They climb out of the water immediately before their final moult to the winged, terrestrial adult stages. Their cast off last-larval exoskeletons are often found clinging to waterside vegetation.

Identification guide for larvae: The Waterbug App. This is a very helpful guide for identifying aquatic invertebrates - including larval insects such as dragonflies and damselflies. The App is free, and available for iOS and Android devices.

 

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Adversaeschna brevistyla (Blue-spotted Hawker)

Adversaeschna brevistyla Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Adversaeschna brevistyla Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Adversaeschna brevistyla Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Adversaeschna brevistyla

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) AESHNIDAE (family) (Hawkers)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) ANISOPTERA (sub-order) (Unidentified dragonfly)

ANISOPTERA (sub-order) Max Campbell, Brogo (nymphal exoskeleton)
ANISOPTERA (sub-order) Paul Whitington, Wonboyn
ANISOPTERA (sub-order)
ANISOPTERA (sub-order)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austroaeschna pulchra (Forest Darner)

Austroaeschna pulchra Max Campbell
Austroaeschna pulchra

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly)

Austroagrion watsoni Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Austroagrion watsoni Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas Steve Burrows
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrocordulia refracta (Eastern Hawk)

Austrocordulia refracta Max Campbell, Brooman
Austrocordulia refracta Max Campbell, Moruya
Austrocordulia refracta Max Campbell, Moruya
Austrocordulia refracta
Austrocordulia refracta
Austrocordulia refracta

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrogomphus cornutus (Unicorn hunter)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrogomphus guerini (Yellow-striped Hunter)

Austrogomphus guerini Max Campbell, Brogo
Austrogomphus guerini Max Campbell, Brogo
Austrogomphus guerini Kerri-Lee Harris, Bemboka
Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus guerini

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrogomphus ochraceus (Jade Hunter)

Austrogomphus ochraceus Max Campbell, Brogo
Austrogomphus ochraceus Max Campbell, Brogo
Austrogomphus ochraceus Max Campbell, Brogo
Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austrogomphus ochraceus

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes annulosus (Blue Ringtail)

Austrolestes annulosus Steve Burrows
Austrolestes annulosus Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Austrolestes annulosus Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Austrolestes annulosus
Austrolestes annulosus
Austrolestes annulosus

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes cingulatus (Metallic Ringtail)

Austrolestes cingulatus Steve Burrows
Austrolestes cingulatus Max Campbell, Brogo
Austrolestes cingulatus Max Campbell - Male from Devils Swamp
Austrolestes cingulatus
Austrolestes cingulatus
Austrolestes cingulatus

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes io (Iota Ringtail)

Austrolestes io male, showing the distinctive markings on A2
Austrolestes io female
Austrolestes io male
Austrolestes io
Austrolestes io
Austrolestes io

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail)

Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda Dorsal stripe on A2 is useful for identification of this species
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes psyche (Cup Ringtail)

Austrolestes psyche This is a male
Austrolestes psyche Note the hourglass-shaped dark pattern on A2 - useful for identifying this species
Austrolestes psyche Typical mating position
Austrolestes psyche
Austrolestes psyche
Austrolestes psyche

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austrolestes sp. (Ringtail)

Austrolestes sp. Max Campbell, Brogo
Austrolestes sp.

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Choristhemis flavoterminata (Yellow-tipped Tigertail)

Choristhemis flavoterminata Max Campbell, Brogo
Choristhemis flavoterminata Max Campbell, Brogo
Choristhemis flavoterminata Max Campbell, Brogo
Choristhemis flavoterminata
Choristhemis flavoterminata
Choristhemis flavoterminata

Damselfly (Zygoptera) COENAGRIONIDAE (family) (pond damsel)

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Cordulephya pygmaea (Common Shutwing)

Cordulephya pygmaea Max Campbell, Brogo
Cordulephya pygmaea Max Campbell, Brogo
Cordulephya pygmaea Max Campbell, Brogo
Cordulephya pygmaea
Cordulephya pygmaea
Cordulephya pygmaea

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Diphlebia lestoides (Whitewater Rockmaster)

Diphlebia lestoides Max Campbell, Brogo - A male
Diphlebia lestoides Max Campbell, Brogo - A male
Diphlebia lestoides Image Kerri-lee Harris - A female
Diphlebia lestoides
Diphlebia lestoides
Diphlebia lestoides

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