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Damselfly Species

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

Dragonfly Species

Adversaeschna brevistyla
Archaeosynthemis orientalis
Austroaeschna atrata
Austroaeschna flavomaculata
Austroaeschna inermis
Austroaeschna ingrid
Austroaeschna multipunctata
Austroaeschna parvistigma
Austroaeschna pulchra
Austroaeschna sigma
Austroaeschna subapicalis
Austroaeschna unicornis
Austrocordulia refracta
Austrogomphus amphiclitus
Austrogomphus australis
Austrogomphus cornutus
Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus melaleucae
Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austropetalia tonyana
Austrothemis nigrescens
Cordulephya montana
Cordulephya pygmaea
Crocothemis nigrifrons
Dendroaeschna conspersa
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes haematodes
Diplacodes melanopsis
Eusynthemis brevistyla
Eusynthemis guttata
Eusynthemis virgula
Hemianax papuensis
Hemicordulia australiae
Hemicordulia tau
Hemigomphus gouldii
Hemigomphus heteroclytus
Nannophlebia risi
Nannophya australis
Nannophya dalei
Notoaeschna sagittata
Orthetrum caledonicum
Orthetrum villosovittatum
Parasynthemis regina
Procordulia jacksoniensis
Spinaeschna tripunctata
Synthemis eustalacta
Telephlebia brevicauda
Tramea loewii
  These damselflies and dragonflies where photographed during the spring of 2008. September was very dry and November seemed cool and wet by comparison so the odonata weren't very active. Actually, after looking at the BOM I realized that November was average, both temperature-wise and rainfall-wise (just east of Melbourne).

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Red Tailed Dragonfly
#10
Eastern Pygmyfly Nannophya dalei
After a second visit to this site within a couple of weeks I still saw many of these small dragonflies. I have more photos from this day and more information on Nannophya dalei.
Damselfly on Mossy Rock
#9
Common Flatwing Austroargiolestes icteromelas
This is one of the most common damselfly species in my hunting patch. This female is perched on a mossy rock near a river in central Victoria and I took a lateral photo to show the patterns on the side of the thorax (compare with Austroargiolestes calcaris below).
Austropetalia tonyana
#8
Alpine Redspot Austropetalia tonyana
This is a large dragonfly with distinctive spots along the front edge of its forewings. I had seen a few before but at this waterfall I saw about twice as many again on this day in mid November.
Male Eastern Pygmyfly
#7
Eastern Pygmyfly Nannophya dalei
At this dam in Bunyip State Park I stumbled across a healthy population of one of the smallest dragonflies, a species I had been trying to track down. The males (mature ones have a black head and thorax and bright red abdomen) have the habit of flicking their tails down.
Powdered Flatwing
#6
Powdered Flatwing Austroargiolestes calcaris
Another side-view of a male of this species so the patterns on the side of the thorax can clearly be seen allowing this species to be identified properly. Interestingly, on this visit to the Cathedral Ranges I saw these damsels 100m or so from the water but I didn't see any odonata at the water.
Male Wandering Percher
#5
Wandering Percher Diplacodes bipunctata
I was looking for the elusive Nannophya dalei at this wetland in Rowville, having seen this species for the first time 3 years ago at this location. I didn't get to see them but I saw a few of these common dragonflies, the males can get quite red.
Austroargiolestes calcaris
#4
Powdered Flatwing Austroargiolestes calcaris
A moderately common species, more likely in hilly country (including the hills east of Melbourne). I observed a male and a female in Gembrook on this occasion but at the time I thought they were the more common Austroargiolestes icteromelas. Only after processing the photos that night did I consider they might be the Powdered Flatwing and, with the help of some more knowledgeable, I am now confident of being able to distinguish these species in the wild.
Hemianax papuensis
#3
Australian Emperor Hemianax papuensis
The largest common dragonfly you're likely to see in Victoria, this was one of only a few insects in one of my favourite places (in the Snowy River National Park).
Hemicordulia tau coupling
#2
Tau Emerald Hemicordulia tau
This is a common medium–large dragonfly and also early in the season. These were at Wilson Botanic Garden in Berwick, which is at the site of a former quarry and the rear lake is accessible and reasonably healthy (good for bird-watching and dragonflies).
Diplacodes bipunctata
#1
Wandering Percher Diplacodes bipunctata
This species is reliably one of the first species of the season and remains common throughout the season. I photographed this one near St Andrews in central Victoria in mid September lifting its tail towards the obelisk position, which some dragonflies to on hot days apparently to absorb less of the sun's energy.

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