Red & Blue Damselfly
Female, Tail, dorsal
Red & Blue Damselfly
Female, Body
Red & Blue Damselfly (Xanthagrion erythroneurum)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Dragonflies (Odonata)
Family: Damselfly (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Red & Blue Damselfly (Xanthagrion erythroneurum)
This Photo:     Female, Tail, profile
Other name: Red and Blue Damselfly

Thank you Reiner Richter for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
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.

Copyright © 2014-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Nov-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.