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Pygmy Wisp Damselfly - Agriocnemis pygmaea

FAMILY COENAGRIONIDAE

This page contains information and pictures about Pygmy Wisp Damselflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as Midget Wisp Damselflies.
 
Male, body length 20mm
 
This is the smallest damselflies we found. For the male, the head and thorax are pale green in colour with black pattern. Abdomen is pale blue with black with the orange-red tail light.
 
From the reference information, in Australia there are three damselflies with orange-red tip. All three can be found in Brisbane, although we need some luck to find either one of them. They are the Pygmy Wisp, the Red-rumped Wisp and the Red-tipped Shadefly.  
 
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Male 
 
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Female body length 25mm 
 
Female is pale black in colour with some pale red under the abdomen. We saw them once feeding on tiny mosquitoes. 
 
They are not easy to find for they are very small in size, even thinner than a needle. They usually hide at low positions near the water edge, among thick vegetations. So they can be seen only when you were standing in the water. Once you find them you can always have a close look at them for they fly neither fast nor far.
 
Wings of male Pygmy Wisp 
 
Wings of female Pygmy Wisp 

Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p124.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p30.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p102.

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Last updated: February 25, 2008.