Dragonflies and Damselflies

Order: Odonata

Subdivided into two suborders: the dragonflies of Odonata, and the damselflies of Zygoptera. Fifteen families of dragonflies and 10 families of damselflies occur in Australia, with around 326 described species. Body long and thin with large head and large compound eyes. Two pairs of long membranous wings, the hindwings broader than the forewings, and held horizontal in dragonflies and typically rear facing in damselflies, when at rest. Both the aquatic nymphs and flying adults are active predators.

Graphic Flutterer

Graphic Flutterer

What does it look like?  The mature Graphic Flutterer has yellowish-brown wings, each with large dark metallic brown patches (not at tips). Abdomen greyish-brown above, paler below, and eyes red. Larvae grow to around 15mm. Where does it live? Found throughout much of mainland Australia, presumed absent only from south-western WA, south-western Qld, western NSW, Vic and south-eastern ...
Iridescent Flutterer

Iridescent Flutterer

What does it look like? The adult Iridescent Flutterer is blackish with broad, membranous wings, each having dark, metallic purplish-black basal patches of similar length and transparent tips. Wings lack pale spots found in similar species, and have dark pterostigma towards tip of leading edge of each wing. Eyes dark red. Larvae have mid-dorsal spines and very few setae on body. Where does it live? E...