Dragonflies: Diplacodes haematodes

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
distribution map
Source: ALA

Mature Male at Emerald Falls, QLD

Boondooma, QLD

Female near Mareeba, QLD

Immature male, Snowy River National Park, VIC
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Common Namescarlet percher
FamilyLibellulidae
Genus/SpeciesDiplacodes haematodes (Burmeister, 1839)
Abundance &
Distribution
Common from Sydney to Cairns but also found through mainland Australia include the inland.
HabitatMostly found around rocky rivers but also occur around still waters, particularly large lakes and dams.
DescriptionMature males are bright red all over, usually with some mild, dark shading on the insides of the wings. Mature females are yellow to orange and usually have larger shaded areas but more to the middle and outer of the wings.
Diagnostics &
Similar Species
Although slightly larger than Diplacodes bipunctata, females of the two species look very similar.
Behaviour &
Observations
Like most in this genus they tend to be mostly perched and fly several metres when disturbed. Males are often found waiting for females on exposed rocks beside water.
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