Blue Skimmer
Young Male, anterior
Ellura
Blue Skimmer
Male, dorsal
 
    
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Dragonfly (Odonata)
Family: Skimmer (Epiprocta: Libellulidae)
Species: Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum)
This Photo:     Young Male, older

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
These can be difficult to distinguish as both genders are yellow and black when young. As they age they turn blue. The males go a bright, light sky blue; the females become grey blue.
All males have 3 longer appendages on the rear, the females 2 shorter appendages.
If you are able to take a ventral photo, the males have additional genetals near the join between body & tail. This is what the female connects to when they are mating.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-Apr-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species