Austrogynacantha heterogena (Australian Duskhawker)

A representative of another of Australia’s monotypic genera which, curiously given the Austro-prefixed name, is not endemic, being found also in New Caledonia.

This is, as you might guess from the common name, a crepuscular species that is usually seen with the aid of a net. We were lucky during FNQ 2022 to find this specimen roosting in one of the concrete blocks of our motel in Mareeba. I don’t like taking photos of specimens in the hand with their wings pinched back – TBH, I’m not a fan of handling at all – but I did get this shot below after it had been posed – they generally hang up for a while after having been handled.