Dragonflies: Austrogomphus guerini

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Source: ALA

Face and Thorax View

♂ Aberfeldy, VIC

♀ Wonga Park, VIC
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Common Nameyellow-striped hunter
FamilyGomphidae
Genus/SpeciesAustrogomphus (Austrogomphus) guerini (Rambur, 1842)
Abundance &
Distribution
They are common along the mountainous regions of south-eastern Australia from Brisbane into South Australia and much of Tasmania.
HabitatThese breed around a variety of water, mostly creeks and rivers but also lakes.
Description &
Identification
These are medium-sized yellow dragonflies with black stripes; though the tail appears mostly black with yellow stripes when viewed from above. They have green or brown to yellow eyes and a yellow face. Males and females are similarly marked and, like many other gomphids, are harder to tell apart because the males don't have significant anal appendages to help distinguish them. The abdomen (tail) is usually thicker (and more evenly so) than the males.
Similar SpeciesCan be readily confused with other Gomphidae, particularly those in the same subgenus (such as Austrogomphus ochraceus and Austrogomphus australis), but they don't have the yellow stripe extending along the top of the entire length of the tail. Can also be confused with female or immature male Orthetrum caledonicum, particularly in flight, because they are also yellow with black stripes. The patterns on the shoulders can be used to easily distinguish these.
Behaviour &
Observations
This species mostly perches, doing so horizontally and often directly on the ground including in the middle of gravel tracks. This was the first dragonfly I photographed (way back in 2001) where it was resting on a bitumen walking track. In summertime, walking along the tracks by the Yarra River many of these will often be disturbed from their perch on the ground.
LinksThere Be Dragonflies

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