Dragonflies from Western Victoria
29 December 2013
Didn't see much interesting on the previous day but did end up camping by the Glenelg River
at a spot I had thought on previous passes that doing so would be interesting.
Coincidentally I just conveniently arrived there on dusk.
I saw many Common Bluetails
roosting overnight on tall grass stems.
On one tussock there were about 30 individuals with up to 5 or 6 on some stems.
By the morning they became a bit active and the one in that photo landed or crawled on the other male
more by accident — he just needed somewhere to perch (so there isn't anything sinister going on).
By the afternoon I made it to the Grampians where at one swamp I saw just common odonata
I thought I'd spend the time and try to get the best photos I could.
Did pretty well with the Wandering Ringtail
in only a few shots
but didn't quite get there with the Wandering Percher
with many shots (hence the lower resolution).
Late in the day I explored another wetland area in the western Grampians, mainly "Big Swamp".
Here were numerous Hemiphlebia mirabilis
but a new color variation: black!
Particularly females of this damselfly are considerably metallic red when compared to coastal specimens
but here, for the first time, two almost black individuals were observed.
In this sequence of images I photographed her first with attached faeces at the end of the abdomen
, then she
removes this with her hind legs
until she is clean