Dragonflies: Archaeosynthemis orientalis

Damselflies Austroagrion cyane Austroagrion watsoni Austroargiolestes calcaris Austrocnemis splendida Austrolestes annulosus Austrolestes aridus Austrolestes cingulatus Austrolestes io Austrolestes leda Austrolestes psyche Coenagrion lyelli Hemiphlebia mirabilis Ischnura aurora Ischnura heterosticta Pseudagrion microcephalum Xanthagrion erythroneurum Dragonflies Anax papuensis Archaeosynthemis orientalis Austroaeschna ingrid Austroaeschna multipunctata Austroaeschna unicornis Austrogomphus guerini Austropetalia tonyana Austrothemis nigrescens Crocothemis nigrifrons Dendroaeschna conspersa Diplacodes bipunctata Diplacodes haematodes Diplacodes melanopsis Diplacodes trivialis Eusynthemis virgula Hemicordulia australiae Hemicordulia tau Notoaeschna sagittata Orthetrum caledonicum Parasynthemis regina Petalura gigantea Procordulia jacksoniensis Synthemis eustalacta Telephlebia brevicauda
distribution map
Source: ALA

male, Bunyip State Park, VIC

Penrose State Forest, NSW

Penrose State Forest, NSW
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Common NameEastern Brown Tigertail
FamilySynthemistidae
Genus/SpeciesArchaeosynthemis orientalis (Tillyard, 1910)
Abundance &
Distribution
Uncommon throughout its range from northern NSW to Melbourne and Tasmania.
HabitatFound mostly at swamps and seepages at most altitudes.
DescriptionSlender, medium–large dragonfly, obviously brown with some yellows markings on the abdomen and side of the thorax.
Behaviour &
Observations
These perch hanging from vegetation as pictured. Males will remain mostly perched at breeding sites waiting for passing females.
Similar SpeciesVery similar to the western brown tigertail Archaeosynthemis occidentalis, which only occurs in southern WA. There are no other tigertails a lighter brown when mature.
LinksThere be Dragonflies

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