Damselflies: Ischnura heterosticta

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distribution map
Source: ALA

Common NameCommon Bluetail
Genus/SpeciesIschnura heterosticta (Burmeister, 1839)
AbundanceVery common
DistributionFound throughout Australia.
HabitatThese 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.
DescriptionThese are small damselflies (about 35mm long) and mature individuals, particularly males, are marked mostly blue and black. Females may be less brightly colored.
Diagnostics &
Similar Species
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.
BehaviourThese perch near horizontally often on vertical plant stems, usually within a few metres of the water's edge.

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