30 December 2013
Interesting things I saw today included this damselfly holding its wings apart
, which is unusual (or even unknown) for an Austrolestes species.
Initially thinking it was injured I approached it and took photos but it flew off as any other damsel and landed a few metres away, all quite normal.
This happened a couple more times so it had no trouble detecting my presence nor in flying.
This aspect is well known for the damsels in the sister subfamily Lestinae, of which there are none in Victoria)
but I don't know if its been recorded amongst Sympecmatinae (which includes Austrolestes).
Also sighted (initially on my foot!) was a mantidfly
with amazingly colorful eyes (enhanced by flash photography).
These insects share obvious similarities with the well known mantids (Praying Mantis) but are in a different family in a different
This is a good example of convergent evolution
(since they are in a different order it would not be parallel evolution
Late in the day I headed up the Chimney Pots and to my favourite spot fro observing the
Grampians Darner Austroaeschna ingrid
I saw more than I had before, which surprised me as the area had been destroyed by wildfire the previous summer.
For the first time I got decent photos of a male specimen
(which coincidentally landed in the same spot the female in the other photo was at 10 minutes earlier).
This included a closeup of the abdomen
, which you can use to compare with a
The primary difference is the secondary appendage is considerably longer in A. ingrid