Up close Odonata

by Patrick Kavanagh

Dragonflies and Damselflies seem particularly willing sitters at present. A little pond at Strangways has been playing host to large numbers of blue Damselflies, which I think are Wandering Ringtails Austrolestes leda. These little gems were very happy to have a large macro lens up close for some portraits. A male Wandering Percher Diplacodes bipunctata was not quite so cooperative, but a female of this species quite a way from any water was more patient. Apparently the two spots on the side of the abdomen give rise to the name bipunctata.

A strange species of diversely coloured luminous dragonfly was also observed at dusk one evening. Seems to have appeared close to Christmas. Festum festoonum perhaps.

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Wandering ringtail

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II

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III

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Wandering Percher (male)

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Wandering Percher (female)

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II

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Festum festoonum … ?

6 responses to “Up close Odonata

  1. Festum festoonum – native or introduced?

  2. From China I suspect :0)

  3. I believe they were introduced, not that I have direct knowledge.

  4. What a nice festive touch in your last photo!

  5. Last photo common name Bunningitis found mid December to January

  6. Wonderful photos. My husband and I are keen fly fishers so really appreciate these Beautiful insects. Sue woodend

    Sent from my iPad

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