Damselflies: Austrolestes cingulatus

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Source: ALA

♂ Kanangra-Boyd National Park, NSW

♀ Croajingolong National Park, VIC
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Common NameMetallic Ringtail
FamilyLestidae (ringtails)
Genus/SpeciesAustrolestes cingulatus (Burmeister, 1839)
Abundance &
Distribution
This species is not uncommon from northern New South Wales to Melbourne and in Tasmania. It can be found at most altitudes but is more common at higher elevations.
HabitatInhabits a wide range of wetlands, including alpine bogs but, in my experience, requires relatively clean water.
Description &
Identification
This is a small–medium damselfly with most of the upper surface a metallic dark green and the pale areas are blue when mature. The humeral stripe (the pale stripe along the "shoulder") is narrow, doesn't extend the entire length of the thorax and is isolated (no other pale marks are nearby). Coloration of tergum 2 (the second segment of the tail — the first long one) is mostly dark along the top but notched at the front, a little more significantly in the male.
Behaviour &
Observations
These damselflies appear most confortable perching horizontally from vertical vegetation.
Similar SpeciesMost similar to Austrolestes psyche, with which it shares most of its range, but tergum 2 of A. psyche differs (this is not always obvious in a photo). See also the description for Austrolestes psyche for some that are more similar to that species. The humeral stripe in other lestids is different.
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