Dragonflies: Diplacodes melanopsis

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Source: ALA

♂ Bunyip State Park, VIC

♀ Bunyip State Park, VIC

♂ Bunyip State Park, VIC
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Common Namewandering percher
FamilyLibellulidae
Genus/SpeciesDiplacodes melanopsis (Martin, 1901)
Abundance &
Distribution
Moderately common from Brisbane to Melbourne (does not occur in Tasmania).
HabitatInhabits a wide range of still and sluggish water, particularly swamps and ponds.
DescriptionThese are small to medium sized dragonflies with colors varying from red to yellow, depending on gender and maturity. Mature males have a black head and thorax and red abdomen (with some black markings). Teneral and immature individuals are pale yellow.
Diagnostics &
Similar Species
These are most similar to Diplacodes bipunctata, which however have two spots on the side of their thorax.
Behaviour &
Observations
Like the other species in this genus, Diplacodes melanopsis spend most of their time perched, but unlike the others they tend to perch higher in vegetation rather than on the ground.
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