|Common Name||Common Bluetail|
|Genus/Species||Ischnura heterosticta (Burmeister, 1839)|
|Distribution||Found throughout Australia.|
|Habitat||These inhabit a wide range of still and sluggish water. They are amongst the most tollerant species and can be the only species found at poor quality water.|
|Description||These are small damselflies (about 35mm long) and mature individuals, particularly males, are marked mostly blue and black. Females may be less brightly colored.|
|These feature two prominent, pale spots behind the eyes.|
Female Ischnura aurora, while significantly smaller, are overall very similar but all their abdominal segments are dark along the top.
Other smaller bluish damselflies do not feature the distinct post-occular spots.
|Behaviour||These perch near horizontally often on vertical plant stems, usually within a few metres of the water's edge.|