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Damselflies

Agriocnemis pygmaea
Argiocnemis rubescens
Austroagrion cyane
Austroagrion watsoni
Austroargiolestes calcaris
Austroargiolestes icteromelas
Austrocnemis splendida
Austrolestes analis
Austrolestes annulosus
Austrolestes aridus
Austrolestes cingulatus
Austrolestes io
Austrolestes leda
Austrolestes psyche
Coenagrion lyelli
Diphlebia lestoides
Diphlebia nymphoides
Griseargiolestes intermedius
Ischnura aurora
Ischnura heterosticta
Hemiphlebia mirabilis
Nososticta solida
Pseudagrion aureofrons
Pseudagrion ignifer
Pseudagrion microcephalum
Rhadinosticta simplex
Synlestes weyersii
Xanthagrion erythroneurum


Alpine Flatwing

Griseargiolestes intermedius

Griseargiolestes intermedius Distribution Male Griseargiolestes intermedius Head and Thorax Male Griseargiolestes intermedius Head and Thorax
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Date & Time: 14 November 2007 13:45
Place: Yarra Ranges National Park

Male Griseargiolestes intermedius Male Griseargiolestes intermedius
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Date & Time: 7 December 2006 13:00
Place: Yarra Ranges National Park

This is a small damselfly with the mature male of the species being pruinose over the entire body. Eyes are dark above and pale below and it also has some yellowish lines on its thorax and marks on its tail. I've observed the males to be quite aggressive at guarding their territory, to the point of even chasing larger species like Austroargiolestes icteromelas.

It is quite rare but has been spotted near Warburton, which is as close to Melbourne as it is known. I have only seen a few males at the same location over several seasons, so am lucky to have at least some decent photos of them. It seems to favour boggy areas or shallow pools with significant submersed or aquatic vegetation. At lower altitudes in Victoria it appears to emerge early summer whilst at alpine altitudes it seems to emerge in mid summer.

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