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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


Mountain Darner

Austroaeschna atrata

Austroaeschna atrata Distribution Mountain Darner Dragonfly Face Mountain Darner Dragonfly Face
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Date & Time: 2 March 2007 12:20
Place: Warburton

Austroaeschna atrata Ovipositing Austroaeschna atrata Ovipositing
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Date & Time: 1 January 2008 14:30
Place: Kallista

Dragonfly Consuming a Wasp Dragonfly Consuming a Wasp
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Date & Time: 1 January 2008 15:50
Place: Kallista

These large dragonflies can be seen along swift mountain streams, where males will hold territory, and surrounding forests. Females are a little more elusive but come to the waterways for ovipositing, often underneath logs up to a couple of metres over water (as shown in the second photo above). They can be observed from mid summer to mid autumn.

They are a mostly dark brown dragonfly with pale yellow marking in the form of loose shapes on the sides of the thorax and mottled pattern along the abdomen (where the female has more pale markings). Most similar to Austroaeschna subapicalis, which however has more bright markings on top of the thorax.

Although uncommon, I have observed them quite often in the hills east of Melbourne where the waterways are clean and lined by Tree-ferns. On one occasion I watched a male consume a European Wasp, Vespula germanica, which I would consider a dangerous occupation.

Page Updated: 3-Jan-2008
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