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Damselfly (Zygoptera)Ischnura heterosticta

Common Bluetail at Bega, NSW

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Ischnura heterosticta at Bega, NSW - 16 Oct 2017
Ischnura heterosticta at Bega, NSW - 16 Oct 2017
Ischnura heterosticta at Bega, NSW - 16 Oct 2017

Identification history

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Ischnura heterosticta 17 Oct 2017 KerriLee
Damselfly (Zygoptera) ZYGOPTERA (sub-order) 16 Oct 2017 MaxCampbell

Author's notes

Perched on Lily pads on Glebe Lagoon. Looked almost translucent.

3 comments

KerriLee wrote:
   17 Oct 2017
Nice shots! The prominent post-ocular spots are characteristic of Ischnura heterosticta, and the pattern of pale and dark marking on the synthorax also fit. So, although this female is anything BUT blue, I'm pretty confident of the identity. This one is particularly yellow ... the females are usually more greenish, but I imagine they vary individually and with age.
   18 Oct 2017
Hi Kerry, Thanks for that; I went trawling through "Dragonflies of Australia" with reasonable confidence that I would notice those postocular spots, but as you say, the females colouring is not as illustrated (and spots not visible) and I was not focussed on the blue male. - Traps for young players. I might haunt the lagoon for awhile when in Bega to see if there is any sign of the males and mating activity.
cheers.
KerriLee wrote:
   18 Oct 2017
Haunting lagoons in Spring ... one of my favourite pastimes :)

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Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 13 Jun 2019
Platalea flavipes (Yellow-billed Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 13 Jun 2019
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 13 Jun 2019
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Bega, NSW - 11 Jun 2019
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 11 Jun 2019
Platalea flavipes (Yellow-billed Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 2 May 2019
Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying-fox) at Bega, NSW - 20 Feb 2019
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 30 Nov 2018
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 30 Nov 2018
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Chenonetta jubata (Wood Duck) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Anas castanea (Chestnut Teal) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Platalea flavipes (Yellow-billed Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae (Australasian Grebe) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Cacatua sanguinea (Little Corella) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Porphyrio porphyrio (Purple Swamphen) at Bega, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 26 Sep 2018
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 26 Sep 2018
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bega, NSW - 26 Sep 2018
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Bega, NSW - 26 Sep 2018
Gallinula tenebrosa (Dusky Moorhen) at Bega, NSW - 26 Sep 2018
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Bega, NSW - 26 Sep 2018
Cracticus tibicen (Australian Magpie) at Bega, NSW - 30 Aug 2018
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bega, NSW - 30 Aug 2018
Gallinula tenebrosa (Dusky Moorhen) at Bega, NSW - 30 Aug 2018
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 30 Aug 2018
Chenonetta jubata (Wood Duck) at Bega, NSW - 30 Aug 2018
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae (Australasian Grebe) at Bega, NSW - 30 Aug 2018
Vinca major (Blue Periwinkle) at Bega, NSW - 30 Aug 2018
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 26 Jul 2018
Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Bega, NSW - 26 Jul 2018
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Bega, NSW - 26 Jul 2018
Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis rhynchotis (Australian Shoveler) at Bega, NSW - 26 Jul 2018
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Bega, NSW - 26 Jul 2018
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bega, NSW - 26 Jul 2018
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Bega, NSW - 26 Jul 2018
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Bega, NSW - 23 Jul 2018
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Bega, NSW - 17 Jul 2018
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Bega, NSW - 15 Jul 2018
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Bega, NSW - 15 Jul 2018
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 12 Jun 2018
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Bega, NSW - 12 Jun 2018
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae (Australasian Grebe) at Bega, NSW - 5 Jun 2018
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bega, NSW - 5 Jun 2018
Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis rhynchotis (Australian Shoveler) at Bega, NSW - 5 Jun 2018
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Bega, NSW - 5 Jun 2018
Porphyrio porphyrio (Purple Swamphen) at Bega, NSW - 18 May 2018
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 18 May 2018
Egretta novaehollandiae (White-faced Heron) at Bega, NSW - 18 May 2018
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 18 May 2018
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Bega, NSW - 18 May 2018
Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Bega, NSW - 18 May 2018
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Bega, NSW - 18 May 2018
Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis rhynchotis (Australian Shoveler) at Bega, NSW - 9 May 2018
Threskiornis molucca (Australian White Ibis) at Bega, NSW - 9 May 2018
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 9 May 2018
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Bega, NSW - 9 May 2018
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 9 May 2018
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Bega, NSW - 9 May 2018
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bega, NSW - 22 Oct 2017
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bega, NSW - 12 Aug 2017
Platalea flavipes (Yellow-billed Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 11 Aug 2017
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 11 Aug 2017
Platalea flavipes (Yellow-billed Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 6 Aug 2017
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 8 Mar 2017
Threskiornis spinicollis (Straw-necked Ibis) at Bega, NSW - 8 Mar 2017
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Bega, NSW - 4 Jan 2017
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 4 Jan 2017
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Bega, NSW - 28 Dec 2016
Nycticorax caledonicus (Nankeen Night Heron) at Bega, NSW - 8 Jul 2014
Accipiter novaehollandiae (Grey Goshawk) at Bega, NSW - 15 Jul 2003

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.849685-36.680690
  • Places Bega, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

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