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Dragonflies (Anisoptera)

Overview

ADULTS: The most reliable way to distinguish a dragonfly (sub-order Anisoptera) from a damselfly (sub-order Zygoptera) is based on the wing venation. However, as a rough guide, dragonflies tend to be heavier-bodied that damselflies, and they tend to rest with their wings held horizontally. Their compound eyes tend to join in the middle, whereas they are widely separated in damselflies.

LARVAE: The larvae of nearly all species are aquatic, with just a few tropical species found in moist leaf litter. Dragonfly larvae are stout-bodied and lack the terminal gills of damselfly larvae. Many larvae are readily identifiable to family. To identify a larva to genus or species usually requires microscopic examination.

 

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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

Agrionoptera insignis allogenes (Red Swamp Dragon)

Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail)

Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes leda

Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald)

Hemicordulia australiae
Hemicordulia australiae
Hemicordulia australiae
Hemicordulia australiae
Hemicordulia australiae
Hemicordulia australiae

Ischnura heterostica (Common Bluetail)

Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer)

Orthetrum caledonicum Max Campbell, Brogo
Orthetrum caledonicum Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn
Orthetrum caledonicum Paul Whitington, Wonboyn - early stage larva
Orthetrum caledonicum
Orthetrum caledonicum
Orthetrum caledonicum

Orthetrum villosovittatum (Fiery Skimmer)

Orthetrum villosovittatum ALA Image
Orthetrum villosovittatum Steve Burrows, Bournda
Orthetrum villosovittatum Steve Burrows, Bournda
Orthetrum villosovittatum
Orthetrum villosovittatum
Orthetrum villosovittatum

Rhyothemis graphiptera (Graphic Flutterer)

Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera

Rhyothemis phyllis (Yellow-striped Flutterer)

Zyxamma elgneri (Short-tailed Duskdarter)

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