Savage River to Corinna
22 February 2017
On one of the warmest days on my Tassie trip I targetted parts of the north-west of the state because the
endemic dragonfly Synthemiopsis gomphomacromioides
had been recorded in that area.
The forecast was for temperatures in the mid twenties — unheard of for Tasmania during this February.
What I didn't know was how similar they are to Synthemis
both in size and behaviour, as well as the habitat they share.
Once I got my first positive ID I went back over some photos and realized I had actually seen one half an hour earlier.
Previously the only images available on the internet were of museum specimens so at least now this species has some in situ males.
I did not see a living female, only some drowned and decayed ones in water.
Although the temperature was warm enough for dragonfly activity it was very windy and
dragonflies flying low to the water could easily fall or be knocked in by another.
I din't know it at the time, but there were to be no more warm days and this day was the only time I encountered the Tasmanian Spotwing.
Thanks to Tony Daley for identifying a couple of the flies.