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

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image/jpegBig Swamp Grampians131229-0290.jpg i29-Dec-2013 19:17  62.8 KB 720×480
image/jpegdamselfly Austroagrion watsoni ♂ Grampians131229-0111.jpg i29-Dec-2013 14:39 125 KB 1280×800
image/jpegdamselfly Austrolestes analis ♀ Grampians131229-0215.jpg i29-Dec-2013 17:02  56.7 KB 1024×768
image/jpegdamselfly Austrolestes leda ♀ Grampians131229-0259.jpg i29-Dec-2013 17:43  38.6 KB 1024×640
image/jpegdamselfly Austrolestes leda ♀ Grampians131229-9978.jpg i29-Dec-2013 10:33  66 KB 1280×720
image/jpegdamselfly Austrolestes leda ♂ Grampians131229-0121hq.jpg i29-Dec-2013 14:53 163 KB 2048×1536
image/jpegdamselfly Austrolestes leda ♂ Grampians131229-9985.jpg i29-Dec-2013 10:37  57.6 KB 1280×720
image/jpegdamselfly Hemiphlebia mirabilis ♀ Grampians131229-0243.jpg i29-Dec-2013 17:30  62.5 KB 1120×800
image/jpegdamselfly Hemiphlebia mirabilis ♀ Grampians131229-0245.jpg i29-Dec-2013 17:31  44.8 KB 768×640
image/jpegdamselfly Hemiphlebia mirabilis ♀ Grampians131229-0249.jpg i29-Dec-2013 17:33  73.3 KB 1200×720
image/jpegdamselfly Hemiphlebia mirabilis ♀ Grampians131229-0376.jpg i29-Dec-2013 22:42  70.8 KB 800×1200
image/jpegdamselfly Hemiphlebia mirabilis ♂ Grampians131229-0232.jpg i29-Dec-2013 17:20  53.3 KB 960×720
image/jpegdamselfly Ischnura aurora ♀ Grampians131229-0223.jpg i29-Dec-2013 17:12  50.8 KB 800×720
image/jpegdamselfly Ischnura aurora ♂ ♀ Grampians131229-0193.jpg i29-Dec-2013 16:43  40.9 KB 800×720
image/jpegdamselfly Ischnura heterosticta ♂ ♀ Mooree131229-9942.jpg i29-Dec-2013 07:54  51.2 KB 800×960
image/jpegdamselfly Ischnura heterosticta ♂ m Mooree131229-9905.jpg i29-Dec-2013 07:09  38.6 KB 800×600
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes bipunctata ♀ Grampians131229-0341.jpg i29-Dec-2013 20:34  83.4 KB 960×768
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes bipunctata ♂ Grampians131229-0157.jpg i29-Dec-2013 15:30  93 KB 960×800
image/jpegdragonfly Hemianax papuensis Grampians131229-0255.jpg i29-Dec-2013 17:40 150 KB 960×960
image/jpegflower Bottlebrush Callistemon wimmerensis Grampians131229-0280.jpg i29-Dec-2013 18:21 118 KB 1280×880
image/jpegflower Bottlebrush Callistemon wimmerensis Grampians131229-0281.jpg i29-Dec-2013 18:21 139 KB 640×560
image/jpegfrog Litoria ewingi Grampians131229-0363.jpg i29-Dec-2013 22:32  52 KB 800×720
image/jpegscene clouds Grampians131229-0320.jpg i29-Dec-2013 20:17  26.3 KB 720×480
image/jpegscene Grampians131229-0302.jpg i29-Dec-2013 19:36  46.6 KB 720×480
image/jpegscene Grampians131229-0312.jpg i29-Dec-2013 20:14  52.8 KB 720×480
image/jpegsnake Pseudechis porphyriacus Grampians131229-0065.jpg i29-Dec-2013 12:10 104 KB 800×560
image/jpegtree Eucalyptus sp Grampians131229-0300.jpg i29-Dec-2013 19:33  91.1 KB 480×720
image/jpegwasp (Sphecidae) Grampians131229-0022.jpg i29-Dec-2013 11:10  48.4 KB 800×608
image/jpegwasp (Sphecidae) Grampians131229-0026.jpg i29-Dec-2013 11:11  55.7 KB 720×560
image/jpegwasp Catocheilus sp Grampians131229-9960.jpg i29-Dec-2013 09:39  82.4 KB 880×656

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