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Family MEGAPODAGRIONIDAE - Flatwings

The family Megapodagrionidae, or the Flatwings, is another damselflies family which can easily be found in Brisbane area. As their common name implies, when at rest, they spread their wings flat. They are usually metallic in colour, either green, blue or bronze.  Females oviposit in tandem with males above the surface of the water and eggs are usually placed in plants.
 
We found two species so far in Brisbane. 
 

 
Coastal Flatwing
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Griseargiolestes albescens, male, female, body length 37mm
There are many Coastal Flatwings in Yugarapul Park, Brisbane. They are the medium size damselflies. They are blue to pale blue in colour. More information please click on here.
 
 
Common Flatwing, Australian Flatwing
 
Austroargiolestes icteromelas, female, male, body length 43mm
The Common Flatwings are metallic blue in colour, including its eyes and legs. When rest, they spread its wings horizontally like the dragonfly. We took those pictures near Bulimba Creek in Wishart. There are a large number of them can be found along Bulimba Creek, even in winter. They usually perch on leaves, will fly away for a short distance when disturbed. For more information please click here.
 

Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p156.
2. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p44. 

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Last updated: May 15, 2007.