Dragonflies: Diplacodes bipunctata

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distribution map
Source: ALA

♂ Alexandra, VIC

♀ Broadwater, QLD

♂ Mildura, VIC

♂ (teneral) Newnes, NSW
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Common Namewandering percher
FamilyLibellulidae
Genus/SpeciesDiplacodes bipunctata (Brauer, 1865)
Abundance &
Distribution
Widespread and common throughout mainland Australia, including inland, but less uncommon above 1000m altitude. Interestingly it is found on numerous south-west Pacific islands including New Zealand and Indonesia but has not been recorded in Tasmania.
HabitatInhabits a wide range of still and sluggish water, including temporary ponds and swamps. Adults are vagrants that travel some distances so can readily be found away from water.
DescriptionThese are small to medium sized dragonflies. Body and head are similar in color with some black markings on the tail. Mature males are mostly red, mature females are usually yellow–orange or light-brown to grey-brown. Teneral and immature individuals are pale yellow.
Diagnostics &
Similar Species
Diagnostic features include two distinct dark spots on the side of the thorax, clearly visible in this image, allowing separation from the otherwise quite similar but less common Diplacodes melanopsis. Mature male Diplacodes melanopsis however have a black head and thorax. Diplacodes haematodes females are very similar, having only slightly different black markings on the abdomen. Nannodiplax rubra, from tropical and subtropical regions north of Newcastle, is slightly smaller but very similar in appearance.
Behaviour &
Observations
Readily perches, sometime low on vegetation but usually on the ground. They usually only make brief flights only short distances from a perch, flying fairly directly, but may briefly hover. Egg-laying is performed in-flight while in tandem (male holds on to female). This is usually the first species I observe each season here in Victoria and the one I see most often, accounting for over 8% of all my dragonfly and damselfly records.
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