Damselflies: Austrolestes annulosus

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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Source: ALA

♂ Waterhouse Conservation Area, TAS

♀ Waterhouse Conservation Area, TAS

♂ (teneral) Portland, VIC
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Common Nameblue ringtail
FamilyLestidae
Genus/SpeciesAustrolestes annulosus (Selys, 1862)
Abundance &
Distribution
Widespread and moderately common throughout much of southern Australia from Perth to Sydney including Tasmania), though uncommon at higher altitudes.
HabitatInhabits a wide range of still water including lakes and dams.
Description &
Identification
Mature males are readily distinguished from other lestids by having significantly more blue areas on the tail (less black). They also have a thick, pale shoulder (antehumeral) stripe compared to other species in this group.
Similar SpeciesAt a glance males are most similar to Austrolestes leda, which however have a thinner antehumeral stripe with an additional dot below its end. Although noticeably larger in the field, females are marked very similarly to females of Austrolestes cingulatus and Austrolestes psyche, but also have a thicker antehumeral stripe.
Behaviour &
Observations
Males mostly perch horizontally from vegetation around water, including on dead twigs. I have not observed nearly as many females, perhaps because they are less vibrantly marked.
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