27 January 2012
I spent the day by the Wannangatta River west of Dargo.
The water level was lower than in February last year
making it easier to wade around in and chase dragonflies.
There were many Unicorn
Darners Austroaeschna unicornis
about, mainly in the calmer sections of the river.
The rapids were popular with the Southern Riffle Darner Notoaeschna sagittata
the males of which were patrolling the area all day from dawn to last light.
In the morning I saw this one
perched in the vegetation near the river.
I was photographing her at 8:30 as she began warming up when she flew off.
Fifteen minutes later I happened to be wading in the river and for the first time for me I observed
one of these dragonflies oviposting (laying eggs) —
I also noticed the damaged wings were the same as the one I had seen perched earlier.
This process takes tens of minutes so I had time to take a
video of the dragonfly ovipositing
Also at these rapids were Southern Cascade Darners Spinaeschna tripunctata
a species I have only previously observed once and at this site.
Unfortunately during the morning my battery of my good camera was getting low because I didn't charge it fully the night before
so I had that on charge and wandered around for a while with my old camera.
It was of course at this point that I saw one
(the only time I did) so the video
I took is of a lesser quality.
There were of course other interesting things around including
thirsty feral bees
and native wasps
There were quite a few of these wasps around, perching on the vegetation overnight.