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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

Blue–spotted Hawker

Adversaeschna brevistyla

Adversaeschna brevistyla Distribution
Male Blue-spotted Hawker Dragonfly Male Blue-spotted Hawker Dragonfly
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Date & Time: 10 December 2005 13:05
Place: Fourth Hill, Warrandyte

Male Adversaeschna brevistyla Male Adversaeschna brevistyla
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Date & Time: 10 December 2005 13:05
Place: Fourth Hill, Warrandyte

Female Adversaeschna brevistyla Female Adversaeschna brevistyla
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Date & Time: 23 November 2005 11:00
Place: One Tree Hill Reserve, Smiths Gully
This is the most common large, brown dragonfly around Melbourne. The side of the thorax has thick, pale yellow stripes and there are black and pale yellow marking all along the tail (abdomen) with a pale tip. The base of the tail in the male is narrow and the two spots at the base are blue in mature males.

It is quite similar to some Austroaeschna species, particularly Austroaeschna inermis and Austroaeschna unicornis. The two distinct stripes on the thorax are most helpful for separating them as these are broken on the other species.

Generally found near still or slow waters, but can be some distance from water. It is distributed from Tasmania to southern Queensland and in south-west Western Australia, as well as New Zealand and some other Pacific islands. In Victoria it can be found from spring through autumn.

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