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Damselflies

Agriocnemis pygmaea
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Nososticta solida
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Rhadinosticta simplex
Synlestes weyersii
Xanthagrion erythroneurum


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Synlestes weyersii

Synlestes weyersii Distribution Synlestes weyersii Head and Thorax Synlestes weyersii Head and Thorax
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Date & Time: 29 November 2006 15:20
Place: Warrandyte State Park

Metallic Face of Synlestes weyersii Metallic Face of Synlestes weyersii
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Date & Time: 15 March 2005 13:55
Place: Yarra Ranges National Park, McMahons Creek

Female Synlestes weyersii with Open Wings Female Synlestes weyersii with Open Wings
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Date & Time: 20 November 2005 13:15
Place: Belgrave South

These are large, slender and distinctive damselflies, usually predominantly a metallic green and often with red-brown and yellowish stripes on the thorax. Eyes are pale to dark upper and pale lower. Males and females are similarly marked.

Like most damselflies, it is not an active flyer. Readily rest with wings open flat or closed above the body. Common around rivers and streams where they often hang vertically from vegetation. Known from low altitudes to at least 1200m with suitable habitat.

Three subspecies are currently recognized, which can be separated by their striped thorax patterns. Synlestes weyersii weyersii is only known from near Melbourne and has the widest pale stripes on the upper sides of the thorax, S. w. tillyardi ranges from south-eastern Queensland through to southern Victoria and has a small or missing pale stripe and S. w. nigrescens has at most an insignificant pale stripe.

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