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

Overview

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.

 

Dragonflies & Damselflies (Odonata) - 13 species

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

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Agriocnemis rubricauda (Red-rumped Wisp)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Agrionoptera insignis allogenes (Red Swamp Dragon)

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Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austroagiolestes icteromelas (Common Flatwing)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail)

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

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald)

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

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Ischnura heterostica (Common Bluetail)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) 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

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Orthetrum villosovittatum (Fiery Skimmer)

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

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Rhyothemis graphiptera (Graphic Flutterer)

Rhyothemis graphiptera
Rhyothemis graphiptera

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Rhyothemis phyllis (Yellow-striped Flutterer)

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Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Zyxamma elgneri (Short-tailed Duskdarter)

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