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Common Archtail Dragonfly - Nannophlebia risi


This page contains information and pictures about Common Archtail Dragonflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as Stream Watcher Dragonflies.
Body length 32mm

This is a small dragonfly found in Bulimba Creek. The dragonfly is black and yellow in colour, slender-bodied, the last few segments of the abdomen swollen like a clubtail dragonfly. Its two eyes are in contact and green in colour like a emerald dragonfly. However, it belong to the family Libellulidae (skimmer). 

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When we were searching for the Rockmaster near Lake Wivenhoe, We found there is quite a number of them along the Pryde Creek. They usually perch on a branch over the fast runner water. 

Stream Watcher wings

1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p247.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p96.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p256. 

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Last updated: February 18, 2008.