Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald/Sentry Dragonfly)

This species is widespread in Australia. It is also present in New Zealand, parts of Indonesia and a few other Australian Islands.

My original research suggested that it was but that information was either out of date or just plain wrong – we saw it on South Island at Cape Foulwind. We did not encounter it in Australia.

Being one of the Corduliidae, our suspect kept flying constantly and was ill lit by very harsh backlighting. Thus, the shots that we managed are not the greatest. It’s a record, though.

male