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Aurora Bluetail Damselfly - Ischnura aurora

FAMILY COENAGRIONIDAE

This page contains information and pictures about Aurora Bluetail Damselflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
 
Male, body length 23mm
 
Aurora Bluetail Damselflies are tiny damselflies. Males are beautifully have the colours of the rainbow. The head and thorax are from green to yellow, the abdomen is from yellow to orange to red. There is the bright blue at the tip. The back of the thorax is black. The females are pale grey in colour.
 
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Male                                                                    Male                                                                     Female 
 
We usually find them among the thick vegetations along Bulimba Creek. They may be attracted by windows light as well. We found a male once in our house, where is a kilometer away from the nearest creek.
 
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Young male 
 
Wings of Aurora Bluetail Damselfly

Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p132.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p36.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p96.

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Last updated: March 26, 2011.