Ellura Sanctuary, Swan Reach, SA, 5354
    
It's possible 20 different species can look identical (needing dissection to differentiate); as such many id's here don't go to species level
Stat'NotesThumbnails: 210.   35 native species listed, with 25 from Ellura
Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Mantises
Mantodea
Praying Mantis
Mantidae
Large Brown Mantis
Archimantis latistyla
Na
em
Other Common NameGrass Mantid

Thank you Matthew Connors for confirming the identification of this species

Normally there are 2 spots on the forewings, but here only one is seen clearly. There is a "smudge" where the second spot should be. You can also see 2 spots on the hindwing. This is actually damage as it's not on the other side. The female, as shown here, has short wings. The adult male has wings that go to the cerci (anal projections). These can be green or brown, colour is not diagnostic of species. It's more about camouflage with their local environment. Matthew indicated that the cerci are helpful in determining species (ie diagnostic). Notice here how thick the cerci are compared with the very similr A . sobrina
Adult Female, profile
Adult Female, partial wing
Adult Female, wing
Adult Female, face
Adult Female, head & neck
Adult Female, antennae length
Adult Female, cercii
Mantises
Mantodea
Praying Mantis
Mantidae
Mallee Grass Mantis
Archimantis sobrina
Na
em
Other Common NameLarge Brown Mantid

Thank you Ethan Beaver for identifying this species for us

While the nymph is shown, adult females have short/half length wings; while adult males have full length wings.
The adult females we have measured are ~85mm long (excluding cerci). Older nymphs have wing stubs which are similar to adult female short wings. But on comparison are obviously different. Unfortunately we haven't got a photo to show this yet.
The white stripe down the back is diagnostic for this species. Easy to spot in all but the adult male.
These can be green or brown, colour is not diagnostic of species. It varies as camouflage in their local environment.
Nymph, dorsal
Nymph, Forearm, inner
Nymph, Forearm, profile
Nymph, Head
Nymph, Throat
Nymph, ventral, abdomen
Nymph, ventral
Adult Female, dorsal
Adult Female, close up
Adult Female, profile
Adult Female, inner forearm
Adult Female, wings
Adult Female, oscelii
Adult Female, face
Adult Female, throat
Mantises
Mantodea
Praying Mantis
Mantidae
Green Mantid
Orthodera marginata
Na
em
Thank you Matthew Connors for identifying this species for us

We thought this was Orthodera gracilis, but Matthew said "Orthodera are an utter mess at the moment". He & Ethan Beaver, another expert who has helped us out tremendously, are working on a paper at the moment to try and resolve the genus.
Mantises
Mantodea
Praying Mantis
Mantidae
Green Mantid
Orthodera ministralis
Na
a
Other Common NameGarden Mantid
 
Nymph
Mantises
Mantodea
Praying Mantis
Mantidae
Boxer Bark Mantid
Paraoxypilus tasmaniensis
Na
ema
Thank you Matthew Connors for identifying this species for us

These are a small mandid. The females we found range in size from ~8 (nymphs) to ~17mm (adult) long, are wingless, and have a very sculptured body.
We haven't found an adult male as yet. Finding 4 females in Apr, Oct & Dec; with 2 juvenile males in Mar & Nov; they have wing buds. However the male nymphs were larger than the female nymphs, at ~13mm long.
Matthew said "Distinguished by prominent dorsal spines on the abdomen which it shares only with P. verreauxii"
S2, Female Nymph: dorsal
S3, Female Nymph: dorsal
S4, Male Nymph: dorsal
S5, Male Nymph: dorsal
S6, Female Adult: dorsal
S3, Female Nymph: close up
S4, Male Nymph: close up
S5, Male Nymph: close up
S2, Female Nymph: profile
S3, Female Nymph: profile
S4, Male Nymph: profile
S5, Male Nymph: profile
S6, Female Adult: profile
S2, Female Nymph: Head
S2, Female Nymph: Inside Leg
S3, Female Nymph: Inside Legs
S4, Male Nymph: Inside Leg
S5, Male Nymph: Inside Leg
S6, Female Adult: Inside Legs
S2, Female Nymph: Thighs
S4, Male Nymph: Face
S6, Female Adult: Face
S2, Female Nymph: posterior
S4, Male Nymph: posterior
S4, Male Nymph: Head spines
S6, Female Adult: Head Spines
S2, Female Nymph: ventral
S3, Female Nymph: ventral
S6, Female Adult: ventral
Mantises
Mantodea
Praying Mantis
Mantidae
Boxer Bark Mantid
Phthersigena sp
Na
m
Thank you Matthew Connors for identifying this species for us
 
Male, dorsal
Male, profile
Mantises
Mantodea
Praying Mantis
Mantidae
Grass Mantid
Rhodomantis pulchella
Na
em
 
Male, dorsal + Size
Male, front
Female, front
Female, head
Female, dorsal + Size
Mantises
Mantodea
Praying Mantis
Mantidae
Purplewinged Mantid
Tenodera australasiae
Na
a
 
Nymph, Front
Nymph, dorsal
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Owlfly
Ascalaphidae
Owlfly
Megacmonotus magnus
Na
em
This has to be the platypus of the insect world. Damselfly wings & tail, butterfly head & antennae and massive eyes from who knows where.
Thank you to Ken Harris for pointing out this specimen is a male. Ken said "Only the male has the forked and tufted prominence on a front segment of its abdomen"
Male, dorsal
Male, profile
Male, eye & antennae
Male, abdomen
Male, wings
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Beaded Lacewing
Berothidae
Beaded Lacewing
Spermophorella sp
Na
em
Thank you Ken Harris for identifying this species for us
 
Dorsal + Hairy Wings
Profile
Head + Hairy Thorax
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Green Lacewing
Chrysopidae
Green Lacewing
Chrysopidae sp
Na
a
 
Eggs
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Green Lacewing
Chrysopidae
Green Lacewing
Dictyochrysa peterseni
Na
ema
Thank you Ken Harris for identifying this species for us
 
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Green Lacewing
Chrysopidae
Green Lacewing
Mallada signatus
Na
em
Thank you Ken Harris for identifying this species for us
 
Insect Art
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Green Lacewing
Chrysopidae
Large Eyed Green Lacewing
Mallada sp
Na
em
Thank you Ken Harris for identifying this species for us

This species has incredibly long antennae.
Ken Harris said "Probably Mallada signatus, but the colour is just a bit different from most that I have seen".
Dorsal, ~8mm
Profile
Antenna
Ventral
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Green Lacewing
Chrysopidae
Green and Blue Lacewing
Mallada tripunctatus
Na
ema
Thank you Ken Harris for confirming the identification of this species
 
Hairy Abdomen
Dorsal, ~8mm
Wing venation
Head & Neck, dorsal
Head & Neck, profile
Cleaning it's Antenna
Ventral
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Dusty Lacewing
Coniopterygidae
Dusty Wing
Coniopterygidae sp
Na
a
Tiny white lacewing with apparant dust covering it's body. It does seem to come off, as this is one specimen and looks less dusty after it's been in the fridge for a while.
Dorsal
Profile
Profile, less dusty
Ventral
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Dusty Lacewing
Coniopterygidae
Tiny Lacewing
Heteroconis maculata
Na
em
Thank you Ken Harris for identifying this species for us

With only ~2mm body & head length, with a wingspan of only ~5mm, this little insect is easy to miss!
Profile
Ventral
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Brown Lacewing
Hemerobiidae
Brown Lacewing
Hemerobiidae sp ?
Na
a
 
Larva
Larva
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Brown Lacewing
Hemerobiidae
Tasman's Lacewing
Micromus tasmaniae
Na
ema
~6mm body & length, ~20mm wingspan. The eyes can be either green or red. We removed a 11 dead ones from the car in Sept 2017 after one trip. We have found some individuals with darker wing patches (on the outer costa or leading edge) than others. We've shown this in one photo to highlight both the patch & the wing venation, which is very difficult to see properly with live specimens.
Typical lacewing shaped wings, with clear zig zag patterns. They are quite hairy all over (including the wings).
They have been found in June, Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec.
S1, dorsal
S1, profile
S2, profile, green eye
S1, red eye
Forewing venation & dark patches
Hindwing venation & dark patches
Hairy Wing
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Antlion
Myrmeleontidae
Small Antlion
Bandidus sp
Na
em
Thank you Ken Harris for confirming the identification of this species

About 23mm long, with 2 pairs of claws per leg, which look very large compared with it's small size. Came to the night light. Small, barely visible, white patches on each wing.
Ken said of this specimen it's similar to ".... Bandidus ocellonotus for which all known specimens come from South Australia, but there are several reasons why I don't believe it to be that species." Thanks Ken
Dorsal
Profile
Thorax
Claws
Wing Venations
Ventral
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Antlion
Myrmeleontidae
Striped Wing Antlion
Distoleon bistrigatus
Na
em
About 31mm long. Came to the night light. Very distinctive stripe on it's rear wing (which are longer than the fore wings).
Dorsal
Profile
Thorax
Wing Venation
Ventral
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Antlion
Myrmeleontidae
Patched Wing Antlion
Glenoleon meteoricus
Na
em
Thank you Ken Harris for confirming the identification of this species

A small specimen at about 23mm. It's been 2 years since we've seen an Antlion, and suddenly 2 on one night. Came to our night light. A very distinctive dark patch on the rear wing.
Dorsal
Profile
Thorax
Face
Forewing Venation
Hindwing Venation
Ventral
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Antlion
Myrmeleontidae
Large Hairy Antlion
Heoclisis fundata
Na
em
Thank you Ken Harris for identifying this species for us

~42mm long, ~90mm wingspan
Found on Shadecloth
Dorsal, wings spread
Forewing Venation
Rearwing Venation
Shoulder & Wing Attachments
Back of Head
Whole, ventral
Upper Body, ventral
Tail Segment
Tail Tip + Hairy Wing Veins
Yellow Mouth Parts
Antenna & Neck
Released, Camouflage
Net-winged Insects
Neuroptera
Antlion
Myrmeleontidae
Small Hairy Antlion
Heoclisis sp
Na
em
~35mm long, ~85mm wingspan. Notice the wing & abdomen patterning are quite different H. fundata. Appears to be the same gender as the H. fundata ruling out gender variations.
Dorsal
Wing Venation
Antennae
Eye
Leg claw
Dragonflies
Odonata
Hawker Dragonfly
Epiprocta: Aeshnidae
Blue-spotted Hawker
Adversaeschna brevistyla
Na
em
Notice with Dragonflies, they sit with their wings out flat, horizontally. The different sizes of the appendages between the male and female is very obvious in these images
Male, anterior
Male, profile
Male, Wings & Back
Male, Tail
Male, Head & Back
Male, Head & Antenna
Male, Eyes
Female, dorsal
Female, Body
Dragonflies
Odonata
Hawker Dragonfly
Epiprocta: Aeshnidae
Australian Emperor
Anax papuensis
Na
ema
SynonymHemianax papuensis
 
Body
Profile
In flight
Dragonflies
Odonata
Emerald Dragonfly
Epiprocta: Corduliidae
Tau Emerald
Hemicordulia tau
Na
ema
Different to the Australian Emerald (H. australiae) in a few ways. The Tau has: 1. Orange leading wing veins & wing patch (pterostigma), rather than black 2. An orange spot at the end of it's tail (segment 10) 3. An inverted "T" on it's face (unfortunately we didn't capture this in the photo's, yet)
Male, dorsal
Male, profile
Male, in flight
Male, Body
Male, Wing
Male, Clasps
Male, Secondary Genetalia
Male, ventral
Female, dorsal
Female, profile
Female, Body
Female, Face
Female, ventral
Pair Mating, male above
Pair Mating, rotated, male left
Pair Mating, 3 pronged clasp
Dragonflies
Odonata
Skimmer
Epiprocta: Libellulidae
Wandering Percher
Diplacodes bipunctata
Na
ema
SynonymLibellula bipunctata

Notice with Skimmers, they sit with their wings out down, below horizontal. The males are similar to Scarlet Percher (Diplacodes haematodes), but with more black markings.
Young Male, dorsal
Young Male, profile
Male, profile
Female, dorsal
Female, anterior
Dragonflies
Odonata
Skimmer
Epiprocta: Libellulidae
Blue Skimmer
Orthetrum caledonicum
Na
ema
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.
Young Male, dorsal
Young Male, profile
Young Male, anterior
Young Male, older
Male, dorsal
Male, profile
Male, anterior
Young Female, profile
Young Female, anterior
Dragonflies
Odonata
Damselfly
Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae
Aurora Bluetail
Ischnura aurora
Na
m
Notice with Damselflies, they sit with their wings in vertically, flat along the body, or just above.
Male, profile
Male, dorsal
Male, iso view
Male, close up
Male & Female, about to mate
Dragonflies
Odonata
Damselfly
Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae
Bluetail
Ischnura heterosticta
Na
r
 
Dragonflies
Odonata
Damselfly
Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae
Red and Blue Damselfly
Xanthagrion erythroneurum
Na
em
Thank you Reiner Richter for identifying this species for us

An off white / buff Damselfly with red / orange & blue highlights with light red / orange legs.
Finely hairy body & head.
The tail has evenly distributed black bars on top, with blue rings at the segment joins. It is off white / buff underneath.
Each wing tip has an opaque section, with edges & veins being finely serated.
This specimen was trapped behind flyscreen, so we grabbed a glass & plastic cutting board and caught it. Took these photos and then let it go.
You can see it's in poor condition, with over 7 ticks, damaged eye and missing part of it's wing tip.
Female, profile
Perspective with Flyscreen
Female, Tail, dorsal
Female, Tail, profile
Female, Body
Female, Wing Tips
Female, anterior, body stripe
Female, cleaning her eye
Female, anterior, just because
Pair skimming over tadpoles
Depositing eggs on nardoo, with sawfly
Depositing eggs on nardoo
Dragonflies
Odonata
Spreadwing
Zygoptera: Lestidae
Blue Ringtail
Austrolestes annulosus
Na
m
Notice with Spreadwings, they site with their wings in vertically, flat along the body, or just above, the same as Damselflies
Male, dorsal
Male, profile
Got a mate
Depositing Fertilised Eggs into Water
Female, profile
Dragonflies
Odonata
Spreadwing
Zygoptera: Lestidae
Inland Ringtail
Austrolestes aridus
Na
em
 
Male, profile
Male, body, dorsal
Male, holding Female before Mating
Female, being held before Mating
Dragonflies
Odonata
Spreadwing
Zygoptera: Lestidae
Wandering Ringtail
Austrolestes leda ?
Na
m
Thank you Reiner Richter for identifying this species for us

Reiner says may be either A. leda or A. io
Male, ventral

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