Dragonflies: Dendroaeschna conspersa

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

♀ Snowy River NP, VIC

♀ Snowy River NP, VIC

♂ Snowy River NP, VIC
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Common Namewide-faced darner
FamilyBrachytronidae
Genus/SpeciesDendroaeschna conspersa (Tillyard, 1907)
Abundance &
Distribution
Found in south east Australia appearing to be most abundant on the south coast of NSW but not common.
HabitatInhabits lowland streams, mainly in warm temperate rainforests.
Description &
Identification
A medium-sized, dark brown dragonfly covered in pale yellow spots.
Similar SpeciesSome other darners in the Austroaeschna genus look somwhat similar but for D. conspersa the shape of the frons (nose) is unique and so are the thoractic markings.
Behaviour &
Observations
I have only photographed this species along Raymond Creek in the Snowy River National Park in far eastern Victoria. Females deposit eggs into soaked logs lying in the water at deep pools.

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