Dragonflies: Austroaeschna ingrid

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
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Common NameGrampians darner
FamilyTelephlebiidae
Genus/SpeciesAustroaeschna (Austroaeschna) ingrid Theischinger, 2008
Abundance &
Distribution
Moderately common but appear restricted to the Grampians in western Victoria.
HabitatFound at running water, from trickles to creeks, in forests.
Description &
Identification
These are medium-sized, dark brown dragonflies with numerous small, pale yellow markings on the thorax and ordered along the abdomen (tail). Their eyes may be blue or brown.
Similar SpeciesThese are very similar in appearance to Austroaeschna multipunctata, from which this species was split in 2008. The inferior anal appenage of males is long for A. ingrid and there are slight differences in the markings along the abdomen (tail). Austroaeschna parvistigma is quite similar but has pale across the front of the frons (see this photo) and is the only very similar species also found in the Grampians. See Austroaeschna multipunctata for more information on other similar species.
Behaviour &
Observations
Males will be active at breeding territories patrolling up and down along creeks. At small streams individuals will patrol sections flying back and forth along several hundred metres of a section of the waterway, fairly close to the surface, periodically hovering briefly in one place to look at something in more detail. Females will deposit eggs into detritus along these waterways. This group of dragonflies prefers to perch vertically from vegetation or flat against the side of a tree trunk for sunning themselves.

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