Austroargiolestes icteromelas (Common Flatwing)

Austroargiolestes icteromelas is endemic to Australia and is a bit of a mouthful to say – 12 syllables indeed. It is widespread in Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. We saw these quite commonly during our October 2017 visit to Victoria.

Australia has quite a few Flatwings but, I’m told, only three in Victoria. I still found identification difficult, even armed with Theischinger/Hawking, and had to rely on help from Reiner Richter, whom I thank very much.

This is one of those damselflies that gives the lie to the idea that “damselflies sit with their wings along their body”, when distinguishing them from dragonflies.

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