Dragonflies: Eusynthemis virgula

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

Warrandyte, VIC

♀ Kanangra-Boyd NP, NSW

♂ Kanangra-Boyd NP, NSW
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Common NameGolden Tigertail
FamilySynthemistidae
Genus/SpeciesEusynthemis virgula (Selys, 1874)
Abundance &
Distribution
Found along Australia's south-eastern mountain regions where it is not common from Melbourne to Brisbane.
HabitatMostly found at rocky streams and rivers in drier, open forest, particularly among hills.
DescriptionThese are medium-sized dragonflies that appear mostly black with significant hellow markings on the thorax and abdomen. The pale shoulder stripe (antehumeral stripe) is constricted and does not extend the length of the thorax.
Similar SpeciesIt is superficially similar to numerous other Eusynthemis speces but throughout its range the patterns on the thorax are diagnostic. Eusynthemis netta has a similar antehumeral stripe but has only been recorded from Mt Lewis in northern Queensland and is quite rare.
Behaviour &
Observations
This species mostly perches and does so hanging from vegetation.
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